Horticulture Workshop (photo above left) - (L-R) Jose De Jesus Luis, Jessy Vargas, Martin Rubio, & Anthony Felix. (Above right) Agriculture Engineering Workshop - horsepower activity - Dr. Zohns lectures to the Santa Paula students.

Cal Poly 26 Hours opens up the College of Agriculture to SPHS students

March 16, 2011
Santa Paula High School attends the college tour for the 8th straight year!
Santa Paula High School

Santa Paula High School’s Agriculture Science Academy students attended Cal Poly’s 26 Hours 2-Day College tour on Thursday, March 10th - Friday, March 11th. Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences hosted the 2-day event to expose student to the vast careers and opportunities in the area of agriculture at the same time think about their future after high school.

According to Dr. Kellogg, Department Head of the Agriculture Education & Communications Department at Cal Poly, “the program known as Cal Poly 26 Hours Agriculture Program, in its 23rd year, is a two-day college tour designed to provide students with several application-oriented workshops focused on opportunities in agriculture. Cal Poly strongly believes in the learn-by-doing philosophy. There are a number of professional careers awaiting graduates with degrees in agriculture. The participants in this program can be a part of the future of the industry. When students come to Cal Poly, some have never realized there is a significant opportunity and a need for people to go into agriculture.”

Students attended workshops in the areas of Horticulture, Agriculture Engineering, Animal Science, Dairy Science, Soil Science, Food Science & Nutrition, Floriculture, Agriculture Education and Communications.

The Agriculture Science Academy is a four-year program designed to create an understanding of the agriculture industry. The students enrolled in the program take a prescribed list of courses designed to meet the minimum requirements to enter the CSU/UC system. Agricultural Leaders as well as Agricultural Universities provide partnerships for student to participate in hands-on learning through SAE, work experience, job shadows, and internships.

This program promotes academics as well as the importance of agriculture awareness.  The students take many classes together creating a “school-within-a-school” atmosphere.  Opportunities offered through the FFA youth organization are an integral component of the agriculture program.  Agriculture courses cover areas in Plant Science, Animal Science, Ornamental Horticulture, Agriculture Business Management, and Leadership.

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