The Avon Maitland District School Board recently announced a new agriculture program at Listowel District Secondary School.
Students in Grades 11 and 12 can enroll in the new Specialist High Skills Major in Agriculture to connect with industry professionals, hands-on learning and co-op placements.
The program announcement said that the new program isn’t a return to the days of raising livestock in the barn beside the soccer field, or a single academic course. Rather, the school is reaching into the community for real-world opportunities for Ag Major students to learn about current and emerging agricultural technologies and practices across multiple subject areas.
John Kuepfer, program lead and head of the co-op program, says it has great potential to help promote awareness of career opportunities that will allow youth to remain in the community as adults, strengthening the industry and addressing a critical need for skilled workers.