Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
This is an activity-based course which prepares students to develop competencies in flower classification and identification, geometric and specialized floral designs, identification and classification of plants, interior landscape development, and the use of artistic elements in personal designs. Students will learn business practices as they relate to the floral industry, and are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the FFA organization. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy the Fine Arts (1.0) credit required for graduation. This course provides instruction and training necessary for the Texas State Florist's Certification.
Floral Design II
In this course, students build on the knowledge from Floral Design and are introduced to more advanced floral design concepts, with an emphasis on specialty designs and specific occasion planning. This course focuses on building skills in advanced floral design and providing students with a thorough understanding of the design elements and planning techniques used to produce unique specialty floral designs that support the goals and objectives of a specific occasion or event. Through the analysis and evaluation of various occasion and event types, students explore the design needs and expectations of clients and propose and evaluate appropriate creations. From conception to evaluation, students are challenged to create and design appropriate specialty floral designs that meet the needs of the client. Furthermore, an emphasis on budgetary adherence and entrepreneurship equips students with many of the necessary skills needed for success in floral enterprises. Student will have the opportunity to obtain their Texas State Florist Association Level 2 Certification.
Wildlife Management & Recreation
Examines the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation with emphasis on using wildlife and natural resources.
Veterinary Medical Applications (Vet Tech I)
This course includes the academic background for entry-level positions as a veterinary assistant. Topics include animal anatomy, physiology, disease transmission, treatment techniques, lab procedures, parasitology, basic clinical pathology, radiology, emergency procedures, medical and surgical animal handling and restraint, health and safety, sanitation, surgical preparation, medical terminology, infectious diseases, instrument and equipment identification, vaccine preparation and injection techniques, laws and ethics, veterinary office procedures, nursing skills, client interaction, and clinic operations. Students are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the FFA organization. This course provides instruction and training necessary for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association's Certified Veterinary Assistant Level I certification.
Practicum in Veterinary Medicine (Vet Tech II)
Prerequisite: Veterinary Medical Applications This course prepares students for careers in the field of veterinary science. Instruction for this course may be delivered through arrangements such as cooperative education, preceptorships, mentoring, and job shadowing at local veterinary clinicsStudents are required to actively participate at a veterinary clinic. Students should intern a minimum of 10 hours per week.