Re-2 Ag program grows at high school campuses
While classes like math and science continue to highlight high school core curricula, one of the Garfield School District Re-2’s newest and growing programs, the agriculture program, has become a unique option for students at both Coal Ridge and Rifle High.
Headed by Ryan Hudson at Rifle High School and Miranda Wilson at Coal Ridge High School, the program offers a unique opportunity for students to find their career path outside the classroom.
Re-2’s Ag program continues to grow at both campuses with Hudson’s class more focused on welding and mechanical shop skills while Wilson’s is more focused on plant life and agriculture.
Wilson, who took Hudson’s ag classes when she was in school, said it remains one of the most unique opportunities she had as a student.
“The diversity of the program is really helpful for kids. For me growing up in Ryan’s program, I was going to be the world’s greatest horse trainer,” Wilson explained. “It’s a great program because it provides so many opportunities for students.”
Along with Future Farmers of America events, career development events and ag conferences year-round, the program offers vocational and real-world experience for students outside the typical classroom.
While Hudson’s classes tend to be around 30 percent in the classroom and 70 percent in practical applications and labs, Wilson’s classes are closer to 50/50.
“There’s enough of a stigma attached to Ag, but you don’t have to live on a farm,” Wilson explained.
“I believe we put tools in their toolboxes to use in situations in the outside world,” Hudson said.
The Garfield Re-2 School Board approved to introduce the agriculture classes to Coal Ridge High School in May 2017. Wilson, who taught other sciences as well, was happy to return to her roots in agriculture.
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