Agriscience & Technology

Below are brief descriptions of courses offered at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Center. For more details, download the full course descriptions

Agriscience I | Grade 9 | 1 Credit

Introduces students to careers in agriculture through introductory plant science, animal science, and agricultural engineering.

Horse management | Grade 10 | .375 CreditS

Educates students about equine-related careers and the care of horses through feeding, health and management practices.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION | Grade 10 | .375 CreditS          

Gives students a broad base of knowledge on the agricultural production of five major production livestock species - dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry - including nutrition, reproduction, animal welfare and food processing.

LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTIOn | Grade 10 | .375 creditS

Teaches methods of small-scale local food production of fruits, vegetables, and niche agricultural products. Students explore sustainability, farmers markets, direct marketing, agritourism, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), food safety, and minimally processed foods.

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERINg | Grade 10 | .375 credits      

Introduces students to the fabrication and maintenance of common agricultural machines and buildings. Students are given a balance of theory and hands-on experience in the areas of precision measurement, outdoor construction, tractor operation, small gas engines, electrical wiring, welding, and metal work.

GREENHOUSE PLANT PRODUCTION & PROCESSING | Grade 10 | .375 credits    

Introduces students to the field of greenhouse plant production, management, processing and interior landscaping.  Students produce, manage and design with plants while studying production structures, cultural requirements, and pest and disease management.

VETERINARY SCIENCE | Grade 10 | .375 credits

Prepares students with career-based skills and knowledge for the veterinary medical field, covering topics such as taxonomy, animal handling, medical terminology, physical exams, disinfection, animal health and disease.

NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT | Grade 10 | .375 credits  

Prepares students with career-based skills and knowledge for natural resource management, covering topics such as forest products production, wildlife management, orienteering, and forestry equipment.

NURSERY/LANDSCAPING | Grade 10 | .375 credits   

Introduces students to the field of interior and exterior landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Students cover plant identification, nursery crop production, design, and landscape equipment safety and operation.

AQUACULTURE | Grade 10 | .375 credits

Introduces students to the production of aquatic animals and plants. Aquaculture is the fastest growing area of agriculture, addressing food needs for a growing population as well as the preservation of wild depleted fish stocks. Students explore history, careers, equipment, plant and animal identification, nutrition, and water quality.

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits  

Gives students a broad base of knowledge, covering single and multi-cylinder engines, welding and fabrication, building construction and planning, agricultural equipment calibration, machinery operation, and land measurement.

VETERINARY SCIENCE | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits; 3 UConn Credits per year

Prepares students with career-based skills and knowledge for the veterinary medical field, covering topics such as animal clinic operation, animal behavior, anatomy, health and disease. Equivalent to the University of Connecticut’s Introduction to Companion Animal Management; students earn 3 UConn credits per year.

VETERINARY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits

Provides students with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to pursue a career in veterinary science. Graduates of this program are eligible for certification through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). Students earn the title of Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) through examination

Horse Management | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits; 3 UConn Credits per year

Covers the history and development of the horse, selection and evaluation of horses, breed ideal, pasture management, feeds and nutrition, equine health practices, best management practices for horse facilities and housing requirements, anatomy and physiology of the systems of the horse, reproduction and applied genetics, behavior and training, facilities maintenance, agricultural business practices and career opportunities in the equine industry. Students interested in UConn credits must commit to the course for 2 years.

NursEry / Landscaping | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits

Emphasizes tree and shrub identification, pruning, fertilization, turf grass management, landscape design, lawn and grounds equipment maintenance, landscape construction, and integrated pest management

GREENHOUSE PLANT PRODUCTION & PROCESSING | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits; 1.5 UConn Credits per year

Emphasizes production and management of commercial greenhouse crops, plant physiology and anatomy, plant processing, business management, integrated pest management, and greenhouse construction.  Special units in horticulture therapy and landscape flower garden design.

Agricultural Production | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits; 3 UCONN CREDITS PER YEAR

Covers dairy cattle and livestock management, food science - including chemistry, safety and product development - and meat science - including meat fabrication, evaluation and grading.

Natural Resource Management | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits

Prepares students with skills and knowledge for careers in the natural resources management industry such as forestry, wildlife management, urban tree care (arboriculture), and environmental science. Heavy emphasis on outdoor experience and hands-on learning.

Aquaculture | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 credits

Prepares students with skills and knowledge for careers in aquaculture and fisheries industries. Heavy emphasis and hands-on learning with hydroponics. Students deep-dive into history, careers, equipment, plant and animal identification, nutrition, water quality and marketing.

LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTIOn | Grade 11/12 | 1.5 creditS

Teaches methods of small-scale local food production of fruits, vegetables, and niche agricultural products. Students deep-dive into sustainability, farmers markets, direct marketing, agritourism, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), food safety, and minimally processed foods.

AgriBusiness Seminar | Grade 11/12 | .5 creditS

Designed to assist students with the transition from school to career, whether their next step is full-time employment, further education or entrepreneurship. Job application, job interview, loan application, career goal development, resume building and portfolio development are all covered.