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Agriculture Department recieves grants

 


Goldendale Agriculture Teachers Joshua and Randi Krieg have been awarded four grants that total $85,500. The grants will benefit Goldendale Agriculture Department students. With the Aerospace and Manufacturing Grant, Goldendale Agricultural Department will be integrating an aerospace and manufacturing program into the currently offered power structures class. With the aid of the $25,000 grant, Goldendale High School will be able to implement the core plus curriculum for aerospace manufacturing to enhance our current classroom content. Through the addition of the core plus curriculum, our goal is to enhance students’ abilities to develop science, mathematics, critical thinking and work skills required by future employees using this project-based model. Funds will be utilized for instructor professional development registration and travel costs, as well as to purchase supplies and instructional materials, drill presses, and a coldcut metal saw. The second grant awarded to Goldendale Agricultural Department is the Career and Technical Education Competitive Grant worth $46,000. The goal of the grant is to apply and practice science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) standards within into the agricultural curriculum. Students will develop critical thinking with a variety of problem-solving techniques in real-life contexts. Through utilization of leadership development, personal growth and career exploration, the curriculum promotes exposure and occupational readiness for the high-demand field of agriculture. The agricultural teachers plan to utilize the funds for instructor professional development registration, travel costs to attend the CASE Power and Technology training out-of-state, curriculum materials, data-collecting Labquests and sensors, microscopes, portable lab sinks and a set of Chromebooks. The fourth grant earned by Goldendale Agricultural Department was the Non-Traditional Fields Competitive Grant for the value of $10,000. This grant supports development and implementation of nontraditional activities to promote preparation for high skills, high wage or high demand occupations in nontraditional fields (defined as fields with a workforce comprised of less than 25% of a specific gender). This year, agriculture teachers will expand on last year’s Women in Welding career night by offering multiple after-school mini-workshops. These workshops

will allow females to experience horseshoe art fabrication from beginning to end. The agricultural teachers plan to utilize the funds for new arc-welders, auto-darkening welding helmets, welding jackets, leather gloves, metal, welding rods and pliers. Lastly, the Goldendale Agriculture Department was awarded the Special Projects Perkins Reserve Grant in Agricultural Leadership for the amount of $4,500. Randi and Josh Krieg will utilize the Agricultural Leadership grant to promote career readiness for underserved student populations, providing opportunities to develop knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in non-traditional careers. The agricultural teachers plan to utilize the funds for a plasma cutter, shop supplies, and Washington State FFA Convention costs.

 

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