Western High School
Western High School and the Pike County Career Technology Center have partnered up to offer a new program to the junior high students at the Western Local School DIstrict. Vocational Agriculture (VoAg) is being offered as an elective class to these students. The new program is taught by Carla Bland who is employed by the Pike County CTC.
The Seventh and Eighth grade students in the VoAg Class have been exploring the World and History of Agriculture. This school year they will also be studying areas of agriculture such as; the crop industry, floriculture, forestry, livestock, dairy, poultry, aquaculture, wildlife management, food sciences and the many career opportunities that are available in this ever growing industry.
All of the students enrolled in the VoAg classes are also members of FFA (Future Farmers of America). This organization was established in 1928. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Many different types of activities and field trips are being planned for this school year. One of the field trips that the students have already taken was to the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. While there, they were able to see what a large industry that agriculture is and how it impacts our lives each day. It was an eye-opening experience to be able to see how agriculture is always growing to meet the needs of our local communities.