Title 17. Education

Chapter 1. General School Law

Part III. Public Schools and School Children

Subpart A-2. Agricultural Education


17:185.5     Agricultural Education Immersion Program; pilot


A. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall create a pilot program to provide for the establishment of agricultural education immersion programs that provide students with a high-quality educational program that integrates agriculture-related instruction throughout all disciplines included in the curriculum.


B. Agricultural immersion programs created pursuant to this Section shall:


(1) Provide an articulated, sequentially-structured, total agricultural education program that prepares students for entrance into a postsecondary educational program or other certification that leads to a career.


(2) Provide each student with an academically rigorous curriculum, work-based learning experiences, and student leadership opportunities within an agricultural context.


(3) Integrate agriculture throughout the curriculum in a systematic manner that prepares students for successful careers in a wide array of agriculture-related industries and occupations, including food and crop science, soil science, animal science, fiber production, farm production, renewable resources, agricultural research, and agribusiness management and marketing.


(4) Provide dual-enrollment opportunities that allow students to earn college credit hours that can be transferred to a postsecondary institution and industry-based certifications that qualify a student for employment upon graduation from high school.


Added by Acts 2014, No. 450, ยง 1, eff. June 4, 2014.