1801 Branch Street|Platte City, MO 64079Phone: 816-858-5505Fax: 816-858-3278

Agricultural Sciences

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This program, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, prepares students for agricultural careers in a variety of areas through course work, labs, project based learning, and greenhouse studies. Agricultural Sciences introduces students to the cultivation, processing, marketing and distribution of food, forestry and horticulture that occur in built-up "intra-urban" areas. Agriculture has been identified as a growing career field with many job opportunities and a shortage of qualified workers. According to the National FFA Organization, agriculture is the nation's largest employer, with more than 23 million jobs (17 percent of the civilian workforce) involved in some facet of American agriculture. Students can focus each year in a specific area. Animal Systems involves the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health selection & marketing. Plant Systems includes the study of plant anatomy & physiology, classification and the fundamentals of production & harvesting.

NCC Sending School Districts that have approved sending sophomore students for Agricultural Sciences: Kearney, Liberty, Platte County, North Kansas City, Smithville, West Platte

PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR

Miss Barnett

Mrs. Jordan is a veteran when it comes to Agricultural Education. Mrs. Jordan was a four-year Agriculture student and FFA Member in the Wellington-Napoleon School District and earned many honors as a student, including an American FFA Degree. Mrs. Jordan attended Northwest Missouri State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in 2014. Since starting at NCC in 2014, she has brought a vast amount of experience in the agriculture field and passion for learning and growing.

Contact Mrs.Jordan
Phone: 816-858-5505 x1729  
Email: jordanm@platteco.k12.mo.us

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Hourly Wage

Average Salary

Landscaping & Groundskeeper

$ 15.26

$31,730

Conservation Scientist

$30.78

$ 64,020

Horticulturist

$31.79

$66,120

Nursery & Greenhouse Manager

$32.73

$68,090

Environmental Health Scientist

$35.21

$73,230

Geneticist

$41.00

$85,290

Veterinarian

$47.72

$99,250

*Occupational Outlook Handbook, Summer 2020

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Animal Science/Systems
  • Natural Resources 
  • Conservation & Forestry 
  • Landscaping, Turf Management & Greenhouse Operations 
  • Power, Structural & Mechanical Systems 
  • Food Science & Safety 
  • Plant Science/Systems
  • Biotechnology

 

DUAL CREDIT

Students may earn 3 articulated college credit hours through Metropolitan Community College.

 

INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS/OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Students may earn Livestock Evaluation, Soils Evaluation, Floriculture, Nursery/Landscape, etc., and OSHA 10.

 

CAREER TREE

Click the tree below to view an interactive Agricultural Sciences career exploration guide.

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NATIONAL FFA ORGANIZATION

FFA

FFA is a national organization for students enrolled in Agricultural Education programs. FFA supports student growth by providing meaningful experiences with leadership development, networking and competitions.

Students can compete in contests that are related to their technical area or leadership at the local, district, state and national levels. Leadership events/opportunities are also held at the local, district, state and national levels also. FFA costs $30 to join locally and nationally. NCC's FFA chapter has fundraisers to support the expense of attending these conferences and competitions that can be applied to the student's participation. For more information on FFA, please visit www.ffa.org

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