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The implementation of agriculture education at Verdugo Hills High School

Theory suggests students with agriculture education and FFA backgrounds are more engaged in community service and leadership roles in their careers. Findings suggest FFA programs provide students opportunities to accept leadership roles that will positively affect both their secondary high school experience as well as their career path. Implementation of the FFA program into the high school setting requires assessment of support, logic models, recruitment and promotional ideas as well as budgets, grant writing, and curriculum models for LAUSD, CDE, and FFA. Factors such as leadership development, community impact, effects of agriculture education and FFA were developed as components of this project. The impact on students and careers, instructional strategies, and implementation requirements were also addressed. Results of this study show a definite need for agriculture education in the high school setting and that students engaged in these programs empower themselves with strong leadership skills and knowledge that will prove to be assets in their future careers.

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