What is New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy?

The Covington News - - AGRICULTURE - BETH GALLOWAY New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy Agri­cul­ture Teacher

I have re­turned to New­ton County. It feels good to be back in the county with people in the com­mu­nity that I pre­vi­ously worked with when I was a New­ton County Ex­ten­sion Agent. One change I have seen is that some of the adults I am call­ing upon for as­sis­tance in the agri­cul­ture pro­gram were my for­mer 4-H kids. My new po­si­tion as an agri­cul­ture teacher at New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy has given me the op­por­tu­nity to work in the sub­ject area I love, agri­cul­ture, and with stu­dents in class and the FFA pro­gram.

If you are won­der­ing what the New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy is all about, let me tell you that it is a fab­u­lous place to work and at­tend school. I am go­ing to fo­cus on the agri­cul­ture path­way and FFA part of the school, even though there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in other path­ways such as en­gi­neer­ing, nurs­ing, culi­nary and mar­ket­ing. The school also houses reg­u­lar aca­demic classes, as well as AP cour­ses.

The agri­cul­ture path­ways at the New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy fo­cus on An­i­mal and Forestry/Wildlife ar­eas. I am for­tu­nate to be work­ing with a two vet­eran agri­cul­ture teach­ers. The prin­ci­pal and CTAE di­rec­tor for New­ton County, James Woodard, is a for­mer agri­cul­ture teacher, and Mar­cus Pol­lard, agri­cul­ture teacher at NCCA, are a wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence. Mr. Pol­lard con­cen­trates on the Forestry, En­vi­ron­men­tal and Wildlife path­ways at the school. As part of his classes, he has a bee keep­ing fa­cil­ity where the stu­dents col­lect honey to sell. The prof­its ben­e­fit the FFA pro­gram so if you are in need of lo­cal honey please con­tact us. Mr. Pol­lard has also cre­ated na­ture paths that fo­cus on tree iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, wildlife ob­ser­va­to­ries, and places to col­lect sam­ples for lab­o­ra­tory use in the class­room.

We are ex­cited this year as we pre­pare to im­ple­ment a new plan for the green­houses fo­cus­ing on prop­a­gat­ing trees, shrubs and fruit species for sale to the pub­lic. An­other great project un­der­way is an agripon­ics lab­o­ra­tory where we will teach stu­dents about aqua­cul­ture and grow plants for dif­fer­ent pur­poses such as food for the Farm 2 School pro­gram or shrubs to move into the larger green­house. As we set up the agripon­ics green­house, we need sup­plies. If any­one has ex­tra pvc pipe or aqua­cul­ture equip­ment you would like to do­nate please con­tact us at galloway.beth@new­ton.k12.ga.us.

The classes I will be teach­ing fo­cus on the an­i­mal path­ways. This year I will be teach­ing An­i­mal Sci­ence, Vet­eri­nary Sci­ence and Equine Sci­ence. We have 54 stu­dents ready to learn about the an­i­mals be­cause they are in­ter­ested in a fu­ture in agri­cul­ture through live­stock or vet­eri­nary. This means that the goal of agri­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion is be­ing achieved. We need stu­dents pur­su­ing jobs and col­lege de­grees in the agri­cul­ture field to main­tain the num­ber one job mar­ket in the state of Ge­or­gia.

The FFA pro­gram is an­other as­pect of my job that I love. When I am able to work with stu­dents af­ter school on Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Events, a Su­per­vised Agri­cul­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence project, or lead­er­ship ac­tiv­ity, it makes me feel a sense of ac­com­plish­ment. Mr. Pol­lard and I have the ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity to work with all the FFA pro­grams in the county. This means that we help the FFA ad­vi­sors at the base schools (Al­covy, East­side and New­ton) with their com­pe­ti­tions, trips, ban­quets, and meet­ings. In my eyes, I have the best sit­u­a­tion be­cause I am able to work with all the kids. When stu­dents suc­ceed through FFA and in the class­room that is when I feel I have suc­ceeded.

If you have a child in­ter­ested in the New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy, please con­tact the school for more in­for­ma­tion and to set up a tour. We would love to have new stu­dents in our agri­cul­ture pro­gram.

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