Today’s ag departments at Arab High School and Arab Junior High School are not your father’s ag departments.

Students in grades 8-12 have nine courses to choose from, including metals, industry, animal science and much more. Students can also be credentialed in beef quality assurance and The National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Ag is one of the many career technical education opportunities students have at Arab City Schools. February is Career Technical Education month. Arab City Schools is running a series of ads during the month and the Tribune is running stories to bring attention to the program.

“While enrolled in an agriscience class, students also have the opportunity to join and are encouraged to become a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA),” AHS ag instructor Benny Isom said. “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

“The Arab FFA Chapter has brought home more than 25 national plaques, 100 state banners and 300 district banners since Arab High School’s oldest youth organization was chartered in 1931,” he continued.

Arab FFA has been successful in career development event competitions, such as forestry, poultry judging, meat evaluation and string band.

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