Pitman High School Agriculture Program
All of the Agriculture Department courses offer knowledge and skills required for occupational entry as well as preparation for post secondary education. The Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and the FFA are an integral part of each course. Students who are enrolled in agriculture classes 3 or 4 years and meet all requirements can receive credit at Modesto Junior College. Depending on the scope of their project and their involvement in leadership activities, students could receive 1 - 3 units. Students could also receive an additional 6 units for completing two of the following classes: Animal Science, Ag Mechanics, Ag Welding, Small Engines, Plants and Gardens or Floral Design.
Ag Science (traditional)
• AGRICULTURE SCIENCE I (AG1100) 9,10,11,12 • This course is basic to all other agriculture courses. It includes a study of agriculture in our society, career opportunities, and basics of animal and plant science. The California core curriculum is followed for the first semester. In the second semester, different livestock species are covered and information regarding terms, breeds, body parts, and management techniques are discussed. This course fulfills the high school Life Science requirement. NOTE: This course may meet elective requirements for some California State Universities.
Integrated Ag Biology
• INTEGRATED AG BIOLOGY (P) (AG1280) 10,11,12 • Prerequisite: Agriculture Science I • Agricultural Biology is a one -year laboratory science course, designed for the college-bound student with career interests in agriculture. Using agriculture as the learning vehicle, the course emphasizes the principles, central concepts and inter-relationships among the following topics: the molecular and cellular aspects of life, the chemical and structural basis of life, energetics of life, growth and reproduction in plants and animals, evolution of modern plants and domestic livestock species, plant and animal genetics, taxonomy of modern agricultural plants and animals, animal behavior, ecological relationships among plants, animals, humans and the environment, nutrition in animals, health and diseases in animals, and the similarities between animals and humans. The course is centered on an extensive laboratory component in order to connect the big ideas of life science with agricultural applications, earth and physical science principles, and other curricular areas, including written and oral reporting skills. This course fulfills the high school Life Science requirement. This course fulfills 1 year of the Life/Lab Science requirement for college entry.
Plants & Gardens
• PLANTS AND GARDENS (AG1150) 10 ,11,12 [2+2] • This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for entry into horticulture fields. Emphasis will be on plant structure and physiology, plant propagation and related cultural practices. An important aim of this course is to develop in the student an appreciation of horticulture in their environment. A grade of A or B in this class will earn students credit for Modesto Junior College class EHS50. Enrichment fee of $20.00 per year required. This class fulfills the high school Life Science requirement. • NOTE: This course may meet elective requirements for some California State Universities.
• AG MECHANICS (AG1120) 9,10,11,12 [2 + 2] • This course includes an introduction to drafting, tool identification, shop safety, woodworking, basic electrical wiring, cold metal work, concrete, plumbing, and tool maintenance. The student is given an opportunity to construct shop projects for his/her home or agricultural program. Students will not be allowed to work in the shop facility without personal protective equipment. There is a $15.00 enrichment fee for materials needed in the development of student owned projects. Cover-alls and safety glasses are required. This class fulfills the High School Physical Science requirement. NOTE: This course may meet elective requirements for some California State Universities.
Small Engines & Power Equipment
• SMALL ENGINES AND POWER EQUIPMENT (AG1200) 10,11,12 [2+2] • Prerequisite: Ag Mechanics • This is a complete introductory course in the operation, construction, maintenance, repair, and adjustments of two-cycle and four-cycle engines. It is designed specifically for persons without prior experience in small power equipment. Theory and practical work, including safety and the care and use of specialized tools used in small engine repair and maintenance, will be covered. Emphasis will be placed upon preventive maintenance and safe equipment operation. It is expected that from this course, more students would be able to compete in the area of small engines at local and state curricular contests. Cover-alls and safety glasses are required. • NOTE: This course may meet elective requirements for some California State Universities.
• • • AG WELDING (AG1225) 10,11,12 [2+2] Prerequisite: Ag Mechanics or equivalent Ag Welding provides individualized instruction in developing fabrication skills in arc and oxyacetylene welding along with various cutting methods. Selection of welding method, welding rod, metals, and equipment are discussed. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in welding metal in the flat, horizontal, and vertical positions. Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) is also covered. In addition to welding, units in electricity and small engines (optional) will be covered. One grading quarter (45 days) is allotted for students to design, construct, and evaluate an agriculture-related project of their choice. At this time students develop their creative thought and refine their learned skills. Students will be encouraged to exhibit their projects at the local county fair and the California State Fair. There is a $15.00 enrichment fee for materials needed in the development of student owned projects. Cover-alls and safety glasses are required. This class fulfills the high school Physical Science requirement. NOTE: This course may meet elective requirements for some California State Universities.
ROP Landscape Maintenance
• PRINCIPLES OF TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT - ROP (AG1500) (2 HOUR CLASS) [2+2] • PRINCIPLES OF TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT - ROP (AG1400) (1 HOUR CLASS) [2+2] • An introductory course in the maintenance and management of turf grasses that includes sports athletic fields, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, commercial, and residential lawns. Discussion will focus on identification, installation, cultural requirements, and maintenance practices. This course is designed for the advanced study of agriculture business opportunities and economics for the college bound students with interest in agriculture. Through the course, the student will understand and apply basic economic principles as they relate to individual consumers, production agriculture, and agri-business management. Life skills such as resume, job applications, interview skills, college and scholarship applications will be included. • 3 PHS Course Directory 2008-2009
ROP - Ag Sales/Service
• • • • • • • • • • AG SALES/SERVICE - ROP (AG1525) 11, 12 [2+2] Prerequisite: A sequence of Agriculture courses or consent of instructor. The Agriculture Sales and Service course is designed to give students highly individualized instruction in various areas of the agriculture industry relevant to sales, services and production. Classroom instruction will enable students to become knowledgeable of the many career opportunities available in agriculture, become proficient in employability skills, understand the agriculture business including marketing functions and government regulations, become knowledgeable of the variety of records necessary in operating an agriculture business and develop leadership skills through participation in the FFA. Completers of this course will develop leadership skills through participation in the FFA. A supervised occupational experience program is required, and work experience (community classroom) is available for students who qualify.
ROP Floral Design
• FLORAL DESIGN - ROP (AG1285) 10,11,12 [2+2] • Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and/or successful completion of Ag Science or Plants & Gardens • Floral Design will provide students instruction towards developing an employment portfolio, design industry abilities, safety skills, proper use of floral tools, artistic expression through flowers, design principles and elements, physical mechanics and structure of flower arrangements, as well as party/theme planning and floral business management. Students will construct several basic flower designs using artistic principles such as color, space, line, and rhythm. Emphasis will be placed on proper techniques, aesthetic perception, and material management. There is a $30.00 enrichment fee for materials needed in the development of student owned projects. Students who earn a grade of A or B in this class will also earn credit for Modesto Junior College EHS58. This course fulfills the high school elective requirement. NOTE: This course may meet elective requirements for some California State Universities.
ROP Welding @THS
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • WELDING & FABRICATION - ROP (AG1505) 11, 12 (2 HOUR CLASS) [2+2] WELDING & FABRICATION - ROP (AG1405) 11, 12 (1 HOUR CLASS) [2+2] Welding & Fabrication provides serious students with entry level skills at the completion of the course. Instruction is provided in advanced Shielded Metal and Gas Metal Arc Welding (M.I.G.) and advanced OxyAcetylene Welding. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (T.I.G.) is also covered. Students are required to develop skills in welding overhead and completing welding certification tests, along with refining skills in operating the Air Carbon Arc, Plasma Arc, and Oxy-Acetylene cutting units. Students will receive instruction in safety, hand and power tool usage, planning, material selection and usage as related to the construction of items used around the shop and home. Students will be experimenting with their own ideas and methods in the design and fabrication of an individual project. Students are allowed one semester to complete this task. If taken for a second year, students will be able to work on more complex projects which will be much more intense in the design and fabrication process. Students will be encouraged to exhibit their projects at the local county fair and the California State Fair. Protective equipment and an enrichment fee will be required. Modesto Junior College credit and priority registration can be obtained for this course
ROP – Agriculture Marketing & Animal Industries
• This course is designed to train students for entry-level jobs in Agricultural marketing and care of small and large animals. Students will have classroom theory and hands-on experience with animals. • Up to 10 units each summer depends on hours and with a maximum of 40 units