Career & Technical Education


Useful links for classroom materials in horticulture, natural resources, integrating math into agriculture, etc...

Oswegatchie Educational Centerexternal link

This is an educational, recreational retreat center where most of the agricultural education program activities take place. The center serves as a training ground for members of the FFA to prepare themselves for the future through Leadership Development, Environmental Science, and Outdoor Recreation.

Student Leadership Development

New York Association of FFAexternal link

New York Association of FFA is one of the seven student leadership organizations in the state. Student leadership development is an integral part of career and technical education instruction, which is enhanced by student leadership organizations. Students participating in these student leadership organizations benefit from their major emphasis on development, through such activities as contests, travel, and self-improvement opportunities, of the skills and abilities necessary to leadership in their occupational field.

Competitive events and projects on an individual, team, and local chapter basis aid in the accomplishment of the performance objectives of the respective instruction. The New York Association of FFA is known to be a very effective vehicle in infusing a student-centered community-based approach to agricultural education. The charter establishing the New York Association of FFA by the Board of Regents is recorded as Number 9938 and adopted on May 23, 1969.

The charter established the following purposes for FFA:

  • To develop character, train for useful citizenship and foster patriotism, and develop competent agriculture leadership;
  • To create interest on the part of members in the intelligent choice of agricultural occupations;
  • To encourage members to acquire skills and work experience in preparation for careers in agriculture;
  • To participate in cooperative activities and worthy undertakings for the improvement of agriculture;
  • To encourage and practice thrift;
  • To encourage improvement in scholarship; and
  • To provide and encourage the development of organized recreatioinal activities.

Students who complete an acceptable program of Student Leadership

Organizations activities will have satisfied the Social Studies IV requirement of 1/2-unit of credit in Participation in Government.

In general, these student organizations emphasize participation of members in local, regional, State, and/or national activities which are significant means of developing student leadership, and are integral part of career and technical education curriculum. Student organizations provide a structure for developing leadership, building character, instilling a cooperative spirit, inspiring civic pride, responsibility, and self-confidence, and providing service.

Employers have consistently confirmed that occupational competence requires positive attitudes, values, and initiative, in addition to technical skills. In addition, these organizations provide the school district with dynamic public relations programs. The New York Association of FFA provides unique opportunities for developing these essential career preparation skills. For details of the structure and composition, as well as programs, and activities of the New York Association of FFA.

Last Updated: January 17, 2014