Union County Public Schools is offering students an opportunity to explore and engage in one of the fastest-growing industries in the state and region. Agrotechnology (AgTech) is the integration of technology in the agricultural industry. Agriculture careers involve more than farming. Agricultural education prepares students for over 300 careers in agriculture, such as production, financing, processing, marketing, veterinary medicine, robotics, automation and agricultural product distribution.
Union and Wingate elementary schools offer AgTech. Students will explore plant and soil sciences, animal sciences and nutrition. Students can continue in the AgTech pathway at East Union Middle and Forest Hills High to further their education, connect with agribusiness leaders and explore career options.
- Interest in AgTech is growing and it supports other district offerings such as culinary, automotive and health sciences.
- Union County’s agricultural production accounts for 55% of its land mass (186,626 acres). While agriculture occupies the bulk of the land, few students know the great potential and range of options that agriculture and/or agricultural-related fields can provide for their future.
- There are several career options in agriculture, yet there is a labor shortage.
How are AgTech classes offered?
- AgTech is offered to all grade levels similar to music, art and physical education.
- AgTech is introduced to all students through project-based learning, which is applied across all content areas.
How will teachers make AgTech relevant for students?
- Students will learn through projects, hands-on learning experiences, guest speakers and field trips.
How will students benefit from AgTech?
- They will get skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
- They will learn about food and nutrition.
- They will be more conscious of the environment.
- Their critical and creative thinking skills will be enhanced.
- Union County Public Schools is thankful for the support of partnerships including the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, OutTeach, South Piedmont Community College and Wingate University.