The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Instructor: Brandon Sollars

The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Cluster encompasses the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural products and resources.  Career opportunities available within this cluster include horticulturalists, florists, conservation officers, landscapers, pollution prevention specialists, farmers, ranchers, veterinarians/technicians, civil engineers, botanists, animal researchers, and more.  These careers tend to take place outside and are therefore suited to people who enjoy the outdoors.

OSHA

OSHA 10 is a 10-hour online training course "that covers critical workplace safety topics.  Entry-level employees with this certification have industry-specific knowledge and skills that help prevent injuries and keep workplaces safe and productive."  

OSHA 10 Hour Training Website

Governor's Workforce Credential

The Governor's Workforce Credential is the highest award that a WV CTE student can earn.  Students must obtain at least a 3.0 overall GPA, earn at least 1 industry or state-approved credential, have at least a 95% attendance rate, pass 2 random drug tests, receive at least a 95% score on their CTE Portfolio, and earn a specific score on the NOCTI assessment in order to earn this honor.  

Governor's Workforce Credential (SWAY)

EVERFi

Everfi houses a variety of online courses for which students can earn certificates, including Financial Education, Health and Wellness, and College and Career Readiness.  These courses "bring real-world learning into the classroom and equip students with skills they need for success- now and in the future."

Everfi Website

NOCTI

NOCTI is the leading provider of industry credentials and resources for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation. With over 50 years of experience, NOCTI is a pioneer in creating customized and standardized credentialing solutions and is a valuable partner in the CTE community’s efforts to improve America’s workforce.  Some NOCTI assessment scores can be used to obtain college credit. 

NOCTI Website

For questions regarding this program of study, contact Agriculture Teacher Brandon Sollars at bsollars@k12.wv.us