Dufault has been working to bring an ag curriculum to the high school

    Crookston High School students registering for classes in the fall of the 2018-19 school year have some new course offerings to choose from, first and foremost being an “Introduction to Agriculture” class, CHS Principal Eric Bubna reports.

    “That’ll be an elective offered for the first time,” he said.

    Crookston School Board member Tim Dufault about a year ago reported that he was working with state ag education stakeholders to bring some ag-based courses to CHS. With agriculture being such a huge part of this area’s economy, the University of Minnesota Crookston bringing back its Ag Education degree program, and CHS Construction Trades teacher Travis Oliver progressing toward earning that very degree from UMC, Dufault said at the time that it didn’t seem to make a lot of sense that there were no agriculture-related courses offered at the local high school.

    In the CHS registration guide for all, the Intro to Ag course, which is available to ninth through twelfth graders, is described as a course that will give students the opportunity to “explore topics in animal science, natural resources, plant sciences, wildlife, and more.”

    Although various new and continuing courses are being offered, Bubna said electives are largely enrollment-dependent, meaning if they don’t draw enough student interest they won’t be offered. He said he’ll have a better idea of course registration numbers by the end of this week.

    Courses offered in the fall in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Crookston’s College in the High School program – which are taught at CHS by a qualified instructor and offer potential dual credit – include Ceramics II, Drawing II, Painting II, Humanities, College Algebra, College English, and College Calculus.

    Advance Placement (AP) courses, in which students can pay a fee to take an AP test at the conclusion of the course and, if they score high enough, earn college credit, include AP Biology, AP Composition and Literature, AP Government, AP Physics, and AP Statistics.