The Donald F. Harris, Sr. AgriScience & Technology Center was designed to prepare students for careers in agriscience and to give them the necessary tools for success in advanced education. The Center's curriculum is innovative among vocational agriculture schools, in that it includes emerging agriscience fields such as biotechnology, wastewater management and toxicology. The Center staff prides itself on a project- and performance-based learning atmosphere which utilizes laboratory experience and cutting-edge computer technology. Through a contract with a national technology resources provider, each student in the AgriScience Center has his or her own laptop computer. Students use their computers extensively, particularly to research scientific trends and to make valuable contacts with industry professionals.
Based on the national School-to-Career doctrine, our curriculum incorporates innovations in agriscience with research and technology. This approach integrates science with hands-on learning while offering students work-related experience and opportunities. Through this revolutionary program, students are equipped for the myriad demands of careers in an evolving and challenging area. The School-to-Career focus of the Harris AgriScience Center includes five major elements:
1. Traditional classroom instruction; 2. Hands-on, independent laboratory experiences for content mastery; 3. Career-based activities, including job shadowing, internships and externships; 4. University partnerships to expose students to a collegiate environment; and 5. Interdistrict enrichment programs to prepare students to work in a multicultural society