Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and career success. Agricultural Education instruction is delivered through three major components: 1) Classroom/laboratory instruction (contextual learning), 2) supervised agricultural experience programs (work-based learning), and 3) student leadership opportunities and organizations (National FFA Organization).
The Business and Marketing Department administers a variety of programs and courses to help prepare students for college degrees and career fields in the business arena. Career and Technical Student Organizations FBLA and DECA offer a differentiated and application-based curriculum for students pursuing a career focus in a business program, bringing relevance and real-world connections to the classroom. The department is working to increase the number of industry certifications achieved by Arkansas students. It is the mission of the Business and Marketing Department that every student who completes a business program of study has the skills and credentials to achieve a successful career in their chosen field.
Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students to make informed choices regarding consumer education, food and nutrition, relationships, housing, and textiles and provides skills for careers in the Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Human Services career clusters.
Jobs for Arkansas's Graduates (JAG) provides support to at-risk youth to encourage them to achieve high school graduation. Along with academic support, JAG also provides work-based learning experiences that will lead them to further education and training and rewarding careers. Arkansas’s JAG program is the state affiliate of the national organization Jobs for America’s Graduates.
The STEM Education division provides leadership to STEM educators across the state and supports programs provided in comprehensive schools and technology centers. STEM programs provide a hands-on problem-based curriculum that allows students to explore opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Programs supported through this office include:
Trade and Industry are a group of instructional programs that prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills in one or more trade, technical, and/or professional occupations. Students will engage in activities and instruction enabling them to use, create, problem and control various technology resources; people, tools, machines, information, materials, energy, capital, and time. SkillsUSA or HOSA are integral in each instructional program respectively. Students may participate in leadership activities and state and national competitions in the student’s area of interest.