Agricultural Technology

Instructor: Matt Dragon
mdragon@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595 ext. 410

The Agricultural Technology program exposes students to the career and post-secondary education opportunities connected with the region’s rapidly growing farm and good economy. Students focus on plant, soil, and animal sciences through classroom and experiential learning in the program’s shop and field facilities. Students also learn the technical aspects of farming, including equipment operation and maintenance, electrical systems, innovative design, and welding and fabrication. Students learn the essentials of farm business management including the application of renewable energy to lower farm expenses. Throughout the program, students utilize scientific and project-based methods to gain insight into the solutions for pressing local and global environmental concerns.

College Credit and Industry Certifications: In addition to free courses available through the Vermont Dual Enrollment program, the Ag Tech program is pursuing dual enrollment agreements with a number of other colleges. Students will also have the opportunity to complete training and receive certification for industry recognized OSHA 10.

After the Program: Graduates are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program related to diversified agriculture, local food systems, agricultural mechanics and engineering, renewable energy systems, and welding and fabrication; or to enter the workforce in entry-level positions in these occupations.

Interests and Attitudes: Students should be interested in careers in agricultural technology, local food production, sustainable farm practices, renewable energy production, alternative vehicle fuels, welding and fabrication, innovative welding, and waste management. They should have a desire to study the science and skills associated with mechanics, welding and fabrication, and electrical systems; and a commitment to participate in an OSHA 10-hour job safety training program.