Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education
Girl farming More than lettuce is growing in Clovis Unified’s fields at the McFarlane-Coffman Agriculture Center. Students in one of the four ag-related Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways are blooming in this literal hands-on classroom laboratory. 

For those studying plant science, they are learning how plants grow and how to get them to be productive, while they are also planting, caring and harvesting crops on the farm that they then process and sell locally.

This farm-to-fork program unites science, math, English and other disciplines in a real-world setting. 

Learning occurs in many forms, and Clovis Unified offers a variety of education formats — including CTE pathways, an online school and traditional learning — to meet the needs and aspirations of our students.

Eighteen Career Technical Education pathways are offered that include everything from construction and engineering to education and food services. The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), a lab-based learning school jointly run by Clovis and Fresno unified school district, provides another 14 capstone programs that students can take in their junior or senior year that provide a unique collaborative, entrepreneurial approach to education.

STATE’S BEST

The Clovis East Ag Program — which includes four comprehensive CTE pathways of ag mechanics, plant science, agri-science and animal science — was awarded the California Outstanding Agriculture Program Award in June and is currently one of six finalists for the national award to be announced in November.

ON THE MENU

Farm to table The abundant harvest from Clovis Unified’s ag farm is sold as part of the students’ experience in conducting a business. Almonds have been marketed as holiday gifts, cauliflower has been sold to a local restaurant, and a variety of produce has been used in the district’s own cafeterias by Campus Catering. The flavorful veggies were also a featured item at the Old Town Clovis Farm to Table Harvest Dinner this spring. 

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