Agriculture and Horticulture offer many challenging and interesting careers within the career cluster of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Career pathways include Agribusiness Systems, Animal Systems, Environmental Service Systems, Food Products and Processing Systems, Natural Resource Systems, Plant Systems, and Power, Structural and Technical Systems.
Students also have opportunities to develop leadership skills as well as develop career skills through participation in their school's local FFA organization. The National FFA Organization provides excellent opportunities for students to learn and develop personally while interacting with students across the nation.
High Schools in the VALEES region that offer Agriculture or Horticulture programs include:
- Hinkley-Big Rock High School
- Indian Creek High School
- Kaneland High School
- Newark High School
- Oswego and Oswego East High School
- Sandwich High School
- Serena High School
- Somonauk High School
Career Cruising provides additional career information that will be helpful in planning a career pathway. If you have not yet used Career Cruising, it will be helpful to talk with your school counselor for free access to this valuable online career planning tool.
Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers
National FFA Organization
ILAgEd YouTube Channel
Early college credit may be earned at Joliet Junior College or Kishwaukee College if you successfully complete VALEES courses and meet applicable requirements.
Information regarding degree programs and courses at community colleges that partner with VALEES may be found at: