Technological and economic factors have changed the way people around the world perceive the importance of agriculture.  Agri-technology teaches agricultural sciences, natural resources, land management, and the 21st Century tools and technologies used in the field.  The curriculum includes horticulture, livestock management, agricultural science, and more.   It is taught through hands-on experiences that prepare students for both entry-level jobs and/or higher-level education.

Areas of study include:

  • Hands-on, real-world Agriculture experiences are taught on-site at Fort Pierce Westwood’s agriculture facility, including steer barn, swine stalls, growing fields, and much more!

  • Students learn about agriculture, food, and natural resources.

  • A wide variety of skills are emphasized with classroom and lab lessons, including science, math, communications, leadership, management, and industry-related technologies.

  • Future Farmers of America (FFA) is an active co-curricular student organization whose activities are fully integrated into the program. FFA provides students hands-on experience in leadership, organization, public speaking, directed-studies, and more.

  • Students will have the opportunity to achieve the Agricultural Technician credential offered through the Florida Farm Bureau.

Students at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy can complete the following industry certifications through the Agri-technology program:

  • Agri-technology Technician

  • Animal Science Specialist Certification

  • Agriculture Associate Certification

About the program:

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

Year 1: Agriscience Foundations (counts as a science credit)
Year 2: Agritechnology
Year 3: Animal Science

Certifications:
Associate of Agriculture
Agriculture Systems
Animal Science
Certified Agritechnologist

About Your Instructor – Jenna
Hi, I’m Mrs. Blankenbaker, I am currently in my 7th year teaching Agriculture at Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Agriculture Education.
I enjoy being outdoors with my family; going to livestock shows, hunting, fishing and riding horses.
Agriculture is an area and way of life that I am so passionate about. The industry is responsible for feeding and clothing the World, and I find it just as important as any other subject for students to learn about where their food comes from.