This "School of the Future" is a part of the Bloomfield School Districts plan to develop a comprehensive School to Career focus that is designed to incorporate all grade levels. High school students attend the Harris AgriScience Center for two periods daily for classroom and laboratory experiences. They attend their home school for their other courses. They meet after school for leadership training, field trips and other agricultural experiences.
The Harris AgriScience Center is the only magnet program in Connecticut which is a demonstration site for the U.S. Department of Education School- to- Career program. Students and faculty in the Center have also participated in several National Science Foundation programs on water quality monitoring Project Search and aquaculture (AQUA). Partnerships with the University of Connecticut,Gateway Community College and United Technologies and others have also been formed.
In the AgriScience program, students must have direct work experience in areas of concentration or interest. This work experience must be supervised by the staff of the AgriScience Center. Career-based experiences include job shadowing, internships, mentoring, community service and service learning projects. Opportunities fo these activities are provided by members of our AgriScience Advisory Board, comprised of influential people in agricultural and environmental businesses, educational and research institutes, and state and federal organizations.
By establishing relationships with the University of Connecticut's Biotechnology Center at Storrs, the Marine Science and Technology Center at Avery Point and the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, we offer students many opportunities for advancement. Incorporating School-to Career initiatives, we expose our students to career opportunities with the support of FFA, mentors, college site visits, UConn campus organizations, internships and crucial career experiences. Integrated curricular activities provided through State and National organizations, including FFA, Adopt-A-Salmon and Project Search and Project Oceanology, expose students to innovations that help prepare them for the future. In addition, students learn valuable skills through school-based and work-based activities, including field trips to businesses, guest lecturers, workshops, and community service projects.