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Academy of Natural Resources

Academy of Natural Resources
The Academy offers a science-rich general course of studies that can lead to either college or career specialties, and will appeal to a broad range of interests - industrial, art, education or research science, environmental fields, wild life management etc.

With the world’s attention becoming more focused on environmental issues, career opportunities in environmental science are opening up rapidly. The Academy of Natural Resources will provide a foundation for students planning to pursue a career in the environmental job market. Florida offers a wealth of additional training and education through vocational/technical schools, junior colleges, and college degree programs.  All of the state universities now have some type of Environmental Studies program as part of their curriculum in which students can earn a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.   Locally, the Florida Gulf Coast University, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences offers a range of programs and activities including undergraduate majors in Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Anthropology, and an M.S. in Environmental Science.

Environmental Science is a booming industry that accommodates an incredible variety of academic and technical skills. Students interested in the environment in any number of ways, including political, industrial, commercial, art, educational or research science, should consider applying to the Academy of Natural Resources.

Enrollment is limited to 180 students in this unique program.


Agriscience Curriculum Framework



Course Progression
 Agriscience Foundations 1 - This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agricultural history and the global impact of agriculture; career opportunities; scientific and research concepts; biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in agriscience. Laboratory-based activities are an integral part of this course. These include the safe use and application of appropriate technology, scientific testing and observation equipment.

Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental quality, and safety procedures will be an integral part of this course. Students will interact with materials and primary sources of data or with secondary sources of data to observe and understand the natural world. Students will develop an understanding of measurement error, and develop the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the data and resulting conclusions. Equipment and supplies will be provided to enhance these hands-on experiences for students. A minimum of 20% of classroom time will be dedicated to laboratory experiences.

Agritechnology 1 (2019-20)
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agriscience industry careers; prevention and treatment of livestock diseases; livestock anatomy; wholesale cuts of meat; animal reproduction and identification; animal safety; animal-health certification; plant growth; plant fertilization; safe use of pesticides; maintenance of tools and equipment; record keeping; and employability skills.

Agritechnology 2 (2020-21)
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of welding; small gasoline engine service and repair; preventative maintenance procedures; irrigation system repair; refrigeration; new and emerging technologies; financial management skills; and employability skills.

Certifications
Agriculture Association Certification
The Agriculture Associate Certification certifies that individuals have a fundamental
knowledge and skill set applicable to entry level positions in the agricultural industry.
 50 multiple-choice questions, with 2 hours to complete the exam
 75% or higher is required to earn a passing score

 Agritechnology Certification
Agritechnology certifies that individuals have a knowledge and skill set applicable to entry
level positions in the agricultural industry.
 100 multiple-choice questions, with 2 hours to complete the exam
 60% or higher is required to earn a passing score


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