Agriculture

  • Audrey Cutlip, Instructor

    The WTC Kershaw County FFA Chapter is located in the heart of Kershaw County in Camden, South Carolina. The chapter was originally chartered in 2011 with the name ATEC Kershaw FFA and has since seen immense growth. In August of 2020, the chapter was officially renamed in order to represent the agriculture program and FFA chapter moving into the newly constructed Woolard Technology Center. Please contact the FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Ms. Audrey Cutlip for more information. (See above)

    Here in the agriculture program, we offer a wide variety of opportunities to students. At the local level, we are very active in the community and participate in community service events year-round. Our chapter also travels across the state and nation to participate in leadership camps, conventions, workshops, and more. We are all about student growth! We also compete in various Career Development Events (CDE). These are competitions where we get to practice skills and test our knowledge from the classroom. Students get access to scholarships and job opportunities when they become official FFA members. 

     National FFA Organization

Coursework

  • Plant and Animal Systems majors get jobs such as: agricultural economist, farmer/rancher, agricultural educator, food scientist, agricultural sales representative, food inspector, animal geneticist, aqua culturist, meat graders, animal nutritionist, microbiologist, bioengineer, plant breeder and geneticist, biochemist, reproductive physiologist, botanist, soil and water conservationist, certified crop advisor, tree surgeon, veterinarian, education and extension specialist, veterinary assistants.


    Agricultural Science and Technology     562482CW                          

    Grades 10 - 12     

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: None. Must register for both Agricultural Science and Technology and Agricultural Mechanics and Technology. 

    This course is designed to teach concepts and understanding related to plant and animal life including biotechnology, conservation of natural resources and the impact of agriculture and natural resources on the environment.  Emphasis is placed on the role of agriculture in society and the importance of agriculture to the welfare of the world.

    Agricultural Mechanics and Technology     566082CW                              

    Grades 10 – 12     

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: None. Must register for both Agricultural Science and Technology and Agricultural Mechanics and Technology. 

    This course provides development of general mechanical skills which are required in all areas of agriculture.  It is designed to provide hands-on experiences in woodworking, metal working, welding, small engine repair and basic farm and homestead improvement.

    Animal Science     560382CW

    Grades 11 – 12

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: Agricultural Science and Technology and Agricultural Mechanics and Technology. Must register for both Animal Science and Introduction to Veterinary Science. 

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the animal science industry.   It provides information on the biological make-up of various species of agricultural livestock.    It also provides students with information on animal behavior that would be beneficial before embarking on a career in animal science.  Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with the principles and practices essential in the production and management of farm animals and farm animal products for economic, recreational, and therapeutic uses.

    Introduction to Veterinary Science     561382CW                                     

    Grades 11 – 12                     

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: Agricultural Science and Technology and Agricultural Mechanics and Technology. Must register for both Animal Science and Introduction to Veterinary Science. 

    This course will explore the field of veterinary medicine. Students will study the role of a veterinarian and veterinary technician in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. Topics to be discussed include: veterinary terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, genetics, handling and restraint, and physical examinations along with common surgical skills.  Students will engage in a variety of laboratory activities and will participate in shadowing and/or other work-based learning experiences. 

    Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, WBC     569082CD

    Grades 11 – 12                                                 

    2 units

    Prerequisite: Animal Science and Introduction to Veterinary Science and teacher recommendation

    Students who have successfully completed the Level 1 and Level 2 courses have the option of registering for Level 3 with the recommendation of the teacher