• Frequently Asked Questions About our Agricultural Education Program

    1.  What kinds of students take Agricultural Education?Students working at school farm.

    Agriculture is the largest industry in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 11 jobs are related to the agriculture industry. Our goal is to prepare students for success in career and college readiness in the agricultural sciences. Students in the program are required to be involved with all three components of the program, classroom, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience. These expectations require students and parents to be committed to the program for the student to be successful. 
    2.   What level are the classes offered in the Ag Education program?

    All classes are weighted as College Prep with the exception of our UCONN Early College Experience courses, which are, weighted the same as Advanced Placement courses.


    3.  How can students earn college credits in the Ag Education program?


    Through UCONN’s Early College Experience program http://ece.uconn.edu/courses/, we offer courses in Animal Science, Natural Resources, Biotechnology and Plant Science areas of our program. This is the same course they would take on the UCONN campus and they register as UCONN students. Students who pass the course will receive credits on a UCONN transcript. There is a UCONN fee of $65 to $90 per course. Students can earn up to 2 to 15 UCONN credits by graduation depending on which classes they take.


    Student's SAE with Horses 4.  How is Agricultural Education scheduled?


    Ag Education is an elective course. During the freshman year, students are scheduled for one period every other day (1 credit). During the sophomore year, students are scheduled for class every day (2 credits).  During the junior and senior years, students will take one period in their major area and one seminar course each year (2 credits).


    5.  Who pays for students to attend agricultural education at KHS?


    There is no cost to the parents of students for tuition and transportation. The sending town pays the tuition, which is set by the State of Connecticut.  The sending town must provide transportation to KHS according to state statute.

    6.   How can Agricultural Education help my GPA?

    Because our courses are weighted College Prep and Early College Experience are weighted as Advanced Placement, agricultural education courses can help improve a students GPA. Several years ago the class valedictorian of KHS was an ag education student.


    7.  What scholarships are available to ag education students? Leadership Training


    There are many scholarship opportunities for our students. Our FFA Parents & Alumni group and the Ag Education department provide scholarships to seniors. The National FFA Organization has scholarships sponsored by agricultural businesses nationwide. We have had many students receive these scholarships. We also have a unique scholarship in the Laura Pike-Rowe Scholarship. This scholarship goes to students who want to major in horticulture or forestry in college and may be renewed each year the student is in college.


    8.  How does agricultural education help students become college and career ready?


    Our courses are rigorous and include extensive laboratory experiences in all of our content areas. We have facilities and equipment to allow our students to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations. The Supervised Agricultural Experience offers students the opportunity to reinforce the classroom content through placement in an ag related business or not-for-profit, starting a small business , conducting a research project and exploring career choices.

    9.   What opportunities does the FFA student leadership organization provide?

    All students are expected to become members of the FFA as it is intra-curriculum in our program.  Your dues makes you a member of the local chapter, State FFA Association and the National FFA Organization. Each level provides students with opportunities for competition, leadership development, scholarships, travel opportunities and career exploration.


    Student Working in Floral Shop 10.  What colleges have our graduates attended?


    Our graduates have attended the following schools:

       -University of Connecticut

       -Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, UCONN

       -Eastern Connecticut State University

       -Quinebaug Valley Community College

       -Manchester Community College

       -Western Connecticut State University

       -SUNY-Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY

       -University of Rhode Island

       -Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

       -Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

       -Unity College, Unity ME

       -New England University, Biddeford, ME

       -University of Maine- Orono, ME

       -Mitchell College, New London, CT

       -Clark University, Worcester, MA

       -Becker College, Worcester, MA