MILWAUKEE (WKOW)-- Although this looks like a typical urban classroom, something altogether different is going on.
Kyle Slick, an Ag Education Teacher at Vincent High School says, "From top down, everyone's excited about having it. Everyone's been very supportive. Everyone's, you know, interested in what we're doing down here in the basement." After nearly three decades without an Agriculture Education program, Vincent High School is bringing it back.
Jeff Hicken, State FFA Advisor says, "The timing is perfect for us to now expose students from the city of Milwaukee to industries that they have never been exposed to and that now realizing that they can be part of agriculture." Local businesses involved in food science and animal science that are looking to recruit students with an Ag background helped get the program back at Vincent.
"What I hope to do is get other students interested in Agriculture so that they can go out and find jobs and careers that I think are going to be really beneficial to them. And they also get to learn concepts that they learn in science, but they get some more application to it," says Slick. Students are enthusiastic about the program. They're building a new high tunnel, or green house to grow plants, learning about aquaculture and learning how to raise animals.
Richard De Palma, Biology Teacher at Vincent High School says, "It's good to see the light bulb go on, and it's good to see their hands working and building so yeah, you get to see the light bulb go on, and the actual fruition of their work."
Vincent is focused on growing its agriculture education program to provide students with opportunities that will prepare them for jobs in Wisconsin's diverse $59 billion agriculture industry.
"It's going to be difficult to find another school in Wisconsin that has as much land as we do, as much equipment as we do, as much support as we do...writing's on the wall for success, " says Slick.
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