Questar III BOCES announced the launch of a new Agriculture Science Program at the former Durham Elementary School to begin in September 2022. High school students from Greene and Columbia counties enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of plant and animal science.

The two-year agriculture program is based on the C.A.S.E (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) program and will be split into two sections. In the animal science portion students will study animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, and nutrition of an animal of their choice. In the plant science portion students will study plant taxonomy, reproduction, and pest and disease management.

“We look forward to preparing the next generation of animal and plant science professionals to support these important economic sectors in Columbia and Greene counties. These industries are critical to our economy and way of life, providing us with fresh food and support to other businesses. Students in our programs will learn the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of rewarding careers,” said Questar III District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz.

Through hands-on activities and labs students will learn the value of plant and animal science and its impact locally, regionally, and globally. Students who complete the program will get college credit through SUNY Cobleskill and preparation for careers in many fields including food engineering, veterinary medicine, food science, and farm production management.

The organization that would eventually become Questar III BOCES has a long history in these fields, providing agricultural education to students in Greene and Columbia counties in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Current high school sophomores interested in attending this program should speak to their school counselor. Visit to learn more.

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