Agricultural production of food and fiber and our planet’s natural resources impacts each of us every single day. Providing students with authentic and situational learning opportunities through project-based learning not only gives them access to knowledge about plant and animal sciences, food science, forestry, wildlife management, agribusiness, and ag mechanics but it exposes students to copious career opportunities for future doers, makers, and thinkers. One in 12 United States jobs is dependent upon agriculture. Whether our students become welders, farmers, nutritionists, environmental engineers, or choose a path entirely unrelated to their studies in the department, the skills learned through applied critical thinking and problem-solving will serve them well in their future endeavors. 

Our program strives to provide students with knowledge that can be directly applied in their career pathways. Agricultural Education is based on a 3 circle model that equally incorporates classroom instruction with leadership skills, gained through the National FFA Organization, and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. These pieces of our program give students real-world experience before leaving their high school career.

Throughout the year, our students can gain many experiences by traveling to different leadership conferences and competitions in their skill areas. We believe in the importance of our students having opportunities to learn, see and participate in activities and industry tours that are unattainable within the walls of a classroom. 

If you have any questions about the program or would like to discuss options for your out-of-district student to attend Wilmington Area High School for the Agricultural Program, please reach out to Mrs. Joanna McKelvey or Mr. Dylan Clark