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G4. Biofuels Youth Programs

Program for Political & Social Sciences, Education and other students

The Hendry County Sustainable Biofuels Center is supposed to provide workforce development services through its involvement in educational and professional skills development at the regional high schools, colleges, and youth centers, thus a Career Academy for Agriscience will be established. Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select a subset of students and teachers.

Career Academy

Developing this Career Academy for Agriscience is main objective of this practical program. Its unique aspect will be an effort to help students bridge the perceptual divide that hampers so much of the larger world's efforts to find systems of food and fuel production that is sustainable and compatible with ecosystem protection goals. Actually, some of the preliminary explorations of biofuels and farming systems have been accomplished by our former participants already. It needs to be further developed and taught to the new generation students, so they also can experience first hand the process of research and the application of new technologies to agriculture and fuel production.

List of main tasks:

  • Research existing biofuels (sugarcane) farming systems typical of south Florida and other production areas;
  • Research current environmental education curricula of the Florida Department of Education Career Academy programs;
  • Investigate students' interests and design Career Academy for Agriscience new educational activities;
  • Help students become more involved and aware of related issues;
  • Incorporate these new activities (tours, workshops, educational events, etc.) into education curricula;
  • Stimulate students' interests in management of natural resources and further studies of the topic;
  • Create new and maintain existing related websites.

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