Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Last Updated: 5/2/2022 9:13 PM

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Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (AFNR)

Agriculture Education (Ag Ed) nurtures leaders in every field imaginable. While some Ag Ed students come from farm families, the vast majority do not. Over 98% of pathway completers go on to work or study in a non-farm, agriculture-related career. Agricultural Education allows students the opportunity to apply mathematics, science, communication, and leadership skills learned throughout high school courses in real world applications while preparing them to enter the workforce directly upon graduation or continue their education in a two-year or four-year college or university.

The opportunities for students with solid Ag Ed skills are booming in fields such as agriscience, animal science, biotechnology, turf management, landscaping, food science, forestry, environmental science, agricultural engineering, agribusiness management, and veterinary medicine. The Ag Ed program combines agricultural technical skills with rigorous coursework, leadership training, an exploration of the ethical and philosophical issues related to genetic engineering, the impact of agriculture on the environment, and other current agricultural topics.

There are two interrelated components to the program: the classroom experience and the student organization, Future Farmers of America (FFA). The optimal benefit of the Agricultural Education program is only truly recognized when students are active participants in both parts of the program. This provides a balanced approach to learning in the Agriculture Education classroom and allows students many opportunities to apply classroom learning in solving real world problems.


  • Forestry/Wildlife Systems
  • Forestry and Animal Science Systems
  • Forest Mechanical Systems
  • Agriculture Mechanics and Electrical Systems (Wiring)
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication (Welding)
  • Agriculture Mechanics Systems (Mechanics & Construction)


* - 7 National Agriculture, Foods, & Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Pathways--Careers Lists* - Click this link to learn about the pathways related to AFNR:
1. Agricultural Business-82 careers
2. Agricultural Mechanics-22 careers
3. Animal Science-42 careers
4. Environmental Services-23 careers
5. Food Science-24 careers
6. Natural Resources-17 careers
7. Plant Science-40 careers

*O*NET OnLine AFNR Occupations and Careers List- Click this link to learn about jobs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

*CareerOneStop Career Videos* - Click this link to access career videos related to the AFNR Career Cluster.


Georgia Skilled Trades

There is currently a skilled labor shortage in the country and in Georgia because the labor pool in the skilled trades is aging. You have a strong chance of employment in the skilled trades if you get the right training and education. Annually there are 83,211 craft job openings in Georgia. Every year 185,000 new construction tradesmen are needed.


The Trades of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric are This...Not That! 


Check out "Why Skilled Trades?" on the GaFutures website linked to learn more. Research to figure out which trade is best for you. Check out the Explore the Trades website to learn about why the trades of plumbing, heating/cooling and electric are a great careers. Get insight on apprenticeships and how to become a licensed professional. 

     If you are interested in a career in the trades, consider enrolling in Agriculture career pathways that offer foundational skills for future trades people like *Welders *Electrical Workers *Carpenters *Mechanics:

  • Agriculture Mechanics and Electrical Systems (Electrical Wiring)
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication (Welding)
  • Agriculture Mechanics Systems (Mechanics & Construction)

*Architecture and Construction Trades Occupations and Careers List- Click this link to learn about jobs in Architecture and Construction.

*CareerOneStop Career Videos* - Click this link to access career videos related to the Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation and Logistics  Career Clusters.


* Area Trades Unions





Founded in 1929

MISSION : The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


  • Georgia has 42,000 FFA members in 334 local chapters.
  • Nationally there are 649,355 FFA members in 7,859 chapters.
  • Georgia is the 3rd largest state Association of FFA in the nation.


  • Georgia FFA Convention
  • National FFA Convention
  • Summer Leadership Camp 
  • Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conference
  • FFA Day at the Georgia National Fair
  • Discovery Conference (middle school leadership conference)
  • Greenhand Jamboree (9th grade leadership conference)
  • Success Conference (10-12th grade leadership conference)
  • 42 State and Area level Career Development Event (CDE) competitions
  • Agriscience Fair
  • Region Rally in all three Region (North, Central, South)
  • Washington Leadership Conference bus trip
  • FFA Day at the State Capitol


  • Nearly 6,000 FFA members, advisors, & guests attend the Georgia FFA Convention.
  • More than 3,000 FFA members attend Summer Leadership Camp.
  • The Georgia FFA Foundation provides funding, through sponsorships, to provide travel funds for every national competitor from Georgia to attend the National FFA Convention to compete.

CTAE Resources

CTAE Main Homepage

W-WCHS Online Career Development Center (accessible off campus)

W-WCHS Graduation Advisement Checklist (9th-12th Grade Academic & CTAE Courses Included)

CTAE Programs of Study & Career Pathways (click link for overview document)

CTAE Career Pathways, Course Descriptions, and Programs of Study

CTAE Course Registration Information

W-WCHS Work-Based Learning Program

Profiles in Hope: Life & Career Conversations & Tiger Success Stories--*Volunteers Needed*

Career Pathway-EOPA Testing Links

Career Aptitude and Interest Discovery Tools

YouScience Aptitude Assessment (accessible via the Infinite Campus SLDS portal)

Claim Your Future Game (Careers, Money Management)

Career Interests Game

Georgia's In-Demand Careers

Georgia's FREE Tuition Short-Term Programs for In-Demand Careers in Georgia = HOPE Career Grant 

Georgia's Hot Careers to 2028 

Georgia's STEM Careers to 2028

East Central Georgia Region In-Demand Careers to 2026

Georgia's High Skill, High Wage, High Demand Occupations List

Health Careers in Georgia Guide

Technical College System of Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor 

Career Exploration Tools

My Next Move - Career Exploration
  -Mi Próximo Paso - Career Exploration (in Spanish)

O-Net Online

Occupational Outlook Handbook

GPS For Success-The 16 National Career Clusters> Navigate Your Career Path to a Bright Future

Virtual Job Shadow - Career Videos  

CareerOneStop Career Exploration, Training & Job Information

CareerOneStop Career Cluster Videos

CareerOneStop Career Videos

Career Connections Videos (from PBS Learning)

CareerOneStop Industry Research Resources - Fastest-Growing, Largest Employment, Highest Paying

Industry Information - Overview & Outlook for All Industries

Career Videos by Industry

AgExplorer - Career Finder & Virtual Field Trips

Nursing Career Guides and Resources

Science Careers--Science Buddies

Science Careers--Biotech Careers

Careers Using Math

Art Careers

College Preparation

College Admission Test Prep. Resources 

Guide for the College Bound Athlete--NCAA Eligibility


Military Exploration

Military Career Exploration--U.S. Armed Forces


Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Information (Georgia Futures)

Dual Enrollment Requirements for W-WCHS English 1101/1102


Paying for Your Education

Financial Aid Information and Resources

Local Adult Education Programs

Adult Education and Training Programs via Athens Tech. and Augusta Tech.


Now Hiring in Wilkes Co. Region

Employment Opportunities for Students & Community Members


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