Oxford offers the following courses in our Agriculture Education Department:
- Animal Science
- Introduction to Agriculture
- Agricultural Business
What is FFA? Well, to start we must begin with what is Agriculture Education? School based Agricultural Education is built around a 3 Circle Model. The first circle is Agriculture education which prepares students for successful careers and general knowledge about global agriculture, food and natural resources through classroom instruction.
The second circle is FFA, a National Organization that provides opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. The FFA is the largest student organization in the world where students can apply for more than $2 million dollars in scholarships each year, meet friends from all across their State and Country, learn and practice skills for their future career in Career/Leadership Development contests and help make their communities better through volunteerism and community strengthening projects.
The third model is the SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experiences component. Students have the ability to learn about careers, workplace expectations and behaviors, develop industry specific skills and apply both academic and occupational skills in the workplace or simulated environment. This component helps students transition from high school to college. There are many types of SAE’s including Entrepreneurship for students who own/manage their own business or enterprise, Placement which allows a student to work at an established Agribusiness, Research based for those interested in the scientific process, Exploratory, School-Based Enterprise and Service Learning.
As you can see this is a very brief overview but Agriculture Education and the FFA but it can provide our Oxford students a world of opportunity!