Cibola Ag Program Nationally Certified

2013-07-06 21:38:03

The Agriculture program at Cibola High School recently received a national certification from the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute.

Cibola will now be one of six high schools in Arizona to offer the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) class thanks to a curriculum training attended by campus agriculture education instructor Tosha Freytag.

Freytag participated in the 12-day training on Camelback High School’s campus in Phoenix and attended workshops for eight hours each day with additional assignments to complete in the evenings.

The course introduces students to leadership, science, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics using the hands-on approach of activities and projects.

“I am excited to implement this curriculum in the fall replacing the current first year ag course with this highly science project, problem, and activity oriented curriculum,” Freytag said.

“This CASE curriculum is current for agriculture and is cross-walked with all national science, math, and English standards. I know this will prepare Cibola High School students for careers in the agriscience industry.”

While the CASE Institute was funded in part by a donation from Cargill Animal Nutrition to allow for four instructors from Arizona and five from out of state to attend, Freytag was able to attend thanks to additional funding through federal Perkins dollars designated to the Yuma Union High School District. Perkins funds are made available to help provide vocational-technical education programs and services to youth and adults.

“The CASE Institute provided the foundational component of teacher preparation that is necessary to ensure an instructors readiness to deliver CASE curricula to students,” said Lisa Anderson, YUHSD career and technical education director. “The CASE Institute also provides a collaborative setting where teachers are immersed in content specific, project based instruction.”

Currently 33 freshman students are enrolled in the Intro to AFNR course at Cibola for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

“As the fall approaches, Ms. Freytag will coordinate with local community members on the donation of additional equipment that will be necessary to purchase for use in the new course,” said Anderson.