CTE and Agricultural Education
Whether you’re looking to contribute to Utah’s economy, or more interested in self-sufficiency, CTE Career Pathways in Agriculture can help you get started!
McKenzi Bright is a student in the Agriculture Area of Study who is doing her part to shatter the common stereotype of the average farmer as a “guy with overalls and with dirty boots.”
Six CTE Career Pathways in Agriculture help prepare students for future employment in such fields (pun intended) as Animal Science, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. The “Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP)” exposes students to the real-life challenges facing Agriculture today. Membership in FFA, the student leadership organization, builds on the foundation of classroom learning and gives students opportunities to demonstrate agricultural content skills as well as employability skills (e.g., communication, teamwork, time management).
According to a report presented by the Utah State University Economic Research Institute, production and processing of agricultural products in Utah accounted for 13.9 percent of Utah’s Gross State Product in 2008, and directly employs 22,522 workers in our state. If Agriculture appeals to you, check out the opportunities to learn more by visiting http://utahcte.org/career/agriculture.php.
You might also be interested to hear what attracted these successful Utah farmers, ranchers, and other workers to careers in Agriculture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hx2_TELaPM.