School of Agriculture
Vice Principal: Oracio Rodriguez
The School of Agriculture Science and Engineering prepares students for modern careers in the agriculture environmental science and ag engineering industries. Both new and traditional methods in these fields are fully explored, providing students with a strong foundation for future college coursework or entry into a career field.
Only a small percentage of jobs in the agriculture industry are directly involved in traditional agriculture. This school provides academic training and hands-on coursework, preparing students to enter engineering, agribusiness, horticulture, communications, science and research, processing and distribution, marketing and sales, food processing and dozens of other occupations which serve the agriculture industry.
Instructors in the School of Agriculture Science & Engineering provide a personal approach and work together with counselors to assist students in making academic choices to support their professional career interests and future educational goals.
The Madera FFA is California's largest and the nation's second-largest chapter. Active participation in FFA builds leadership skills for life, reinforces instruction, recognizes excellence and gives students opportunities to make a positive difference in their school and community. Participation in FFA helps students make connections between school, their lives and future careers.
ENGINEERING, FABRICATION AND POWER EQUIPMENT
A fully equipped, state of the art computer aided drafting lab allows School of Agriculture, Science and Engineering students to learn skills in drafting currently used in industry. The electronics classes prepare students with the foundation of electrical systems used in many different professions. The School of Agriculture, Science and Engineering combine all of this with a metal fabrication and power equipment program that is among the best in the state with new facilities that are second to none.NEW SCHOOL FARM LABORATORY
The newly built 20-acre school farm laboratory gives students from every background the opportunity for hands on learning. A new greenhouse, swine barn, sheep/goat barn, beef/dairy barn, and horse facility allows students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in real life. Students will continue to develop the school farm through special class projects. LAB-ORIENTED INSTRUCTION AND SPECIALTY CLASSES Students can immediately apply what they learn in the classroom through intensive labs and practical, hands-on experience in nearly every career area. Technical training is provided through an Ag Mechanics program, a four-year course of study emphasizing welding, construction, and small engines work. Landscape/ Horticulture offers hands-on application of the theories of landscaping, providing them with a variety of landscape and horticulture skills to carry to the world of work. Animal Care and Veterinary Aide is designed to prepare students to work in animal care facilities at all levels of expertise.
Some of the careers this school prepares students for include
Veterinarian Geneticist Livestock Rancher Dairy Nutrition Specialist Landscape Architect Soil Scientist Farm Appraiser 'Ag Loan Officer Wildlife Manager Ag Inspector Ag Construction Engineer Diesel Mechanic Fruit & Vine Grower Water Engineer Produce Buyer Welder Ag Lawyer Ag Teacher
FFA teams that can assist in the pursuit of career opportunities
Banking Horse Evaluation Small Engines Vine Pruning Public Speaking Parliamentary Procedure Cotton Judging Floriculture Livestock Evaluation ... and many more