Program Overview

The Agriculture Program offers courses at Lincoln High School in multiple pathways. Pathways are sequences of two or more courses within the same area of study designed to emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Mechanics, Agriscience, Animal Science, Floral Design, and Ornamental Horticulture.

What is Career Technical Education (CTE)?

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation.

What are Pathways?

A pathway is a sequence of 3 courses within your area of interest. A pathway will connect your career interests from high school to college and/or your career. A pathway is your educational road map guiding you to the high school courses and post-secondary options most relevant to your chosen career destination.

There are three general course levels in a Pathway: Foundational (Level 1), Concentrator (Level 2), and Capstone (Level 3). Students should enter pathways with the Foundational Course. Each Pathway takes 3 years to complete.

How do these programs benefit students?

A pathway will help students acquire the depth of knowledge and skill linked with specific post secondary programs that will lead to a certificate, degree and/or career.  Students have the ability to choose and decide which pathway is right for them!

How do I enroll in a Pathway?

Students should speak with a counselor or their CTE Instructor when considering which Pathway is right for them. Visit the links at the top of the page to learn about each individual Pathway that we offer. Students should start a pathway with a Introductory course as each Pathway course is sequenced so that students build on skills mastered in the previous courses. It is NOT recommended that students start a pathway in a concentrator or capstone course without the instructors approval.

Freshman Agriculture Courses

Below is a list of approved CATES courses that incoming freshman can take their first year in the CATES program.

Science Classes

Sustainable Agriculture- A Biological Approach to Industry Practices

Sustainable Agriculture is a one year course designed to integrate biological science practices and knowledge into the practice of sustainable agriculture.  This is a lab science course designed for the college bound student with a career interest in agriculture and/or environmental studies. Class is held at the LHS Farm and is linked with Special Projects which will meet elective credit and is also a Foundational Course for the Ornamental Horticulture Pathway.
*Meets UC/CSU Lab Science Requirement
**Prerequisite: A or B in 8th Grade Science

Elective Classes

Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics


This course provides theory and hands-on experiences that provide opportunities for students to develop basic knowledge and skills used in the construction, maintenance and operation of equipment used in the agriculture industry. Topics will include welding, small engines, electrical systems, plumbing and basic construction. Students will also be introduced to the opportunities of involvement in the FFA program.

Agricultural Leadership

May be repeated for elective credit. Agricultural Leadership is designed for students in grades 9-12. This class is designed for students interested in the many leadership activities of the FFA. This course is centered on the fundamentals of leadership and professional communication development. Students will be introduced and expected to participate in areas such as judging contests, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, serving on FFA committees, and as FFA officers.
**Prerequisite- Students must apply to be enrolled in this course. 

Floral Design

This course is designed to allow students to apply an artistic approach to floral design. Students will explore elements and principles of design, history of floral art, arrangement styles, etc. Students will create, design, identify, explain and evaluate all topics of study.
**Meets UC/CSU Visual/ Performing Art Requirement

Ornamental Horticulture

This course exposes students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They provide information regarding the care and propagation of plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs, but place a special emphasis on vegetable production. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils and media mixtures, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, weed and pest control. Students in this course must also be enrolled in Sustainable Agriculture and meet those course prerequisites as well.