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					          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
• 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
•   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 Oxy-
•   Acetylene 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

				
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