Newton High School is starting its Ag Career Academy program this year. The Ag Career Academy offers a small, personalized learning community within the high school. Courses in the Ag Career Academy are taught through the lens of agriculture.


“We are incredibly excited for this new program and the possibilities it presents our students and our district,” Melinda Rangel, director of career and technical education, said. “Students will learn about career paths new agriculture fields creating new opportunities for them. Agriculture encompasses much more than farming. It can include a number of different careers from journalism to marine biology.”


Students in the program still meet all graduation requirements. Their English, Science and Social Studies classes include ag-related topics and themes. Students also take additional ag courses and have recommended electives. Free college credit will be available in a number of areas through Hutchinson Community College.


The Ag Career Academy will also work with local businesses and the community to create career shadows and internships in the students’ interest areas. All students will be able to experience a job shadow each year. During their senior year, they will have the option to complete an internship as well.


“We are incredibly grateful for our community partners who have supported this program,” Rangel said. “These internships and career shadows enable our students to better decide what career path is right for them.”


For more information on the Ag Career Academy, you can go to their website: