Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. John Asbill, B.S, M.A.E

Mr. Asbill's Agricultural/Animal Science Classes

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Welcome to my new classroom website!I am Looking Forward to a new and exciting year here at The Center For Advanced Technical Studies. 


Professional Biography:


I grew up in Johnston, South Carolina, which is located in Edgefield South Carolina. I graduated from Strom Thurmond High School in 2004. I attended Clemson University from 2004-20010 where I received my BS in Wildlife Biology and my Masters in Agricultural Education.  I completed my student teaching at Pelion High School in 2010.  From 2010-2013, I taught Animal Science and was a FFA advisor at Grays Creek High School in North Carolina. I belong to the following professional organizations; NAAE National Association Agricultural Educators and ACTE Association of Career and Technical Education.  


What Is the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster?

This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in the planning,implementation, production, management, processing, and/or marketing of agricultural commodities and services, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services.


Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities will continue to increase for those who provide and market an expanding array of food, forest, and veterinary medical consumer products to a growing world population. Continued globalization of the food, agricultural and natural resources system will increase opportunities for graduates who understand the socio-economic factors that define international markets. Graduates who know how to satisfy the diverse consumer needs and preferences in different cultures, and who have the language skills to communicate effectively, will have the best opportunities to be employed by the growing number of multi-national businesses.




The Animal Science Pathway

 Students enter the the animal science pathway will be prepared to work with animal systems to develop better, more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products.


They  also can study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and development of domesticated farm animals. Some individuals inspect and grade livestock food products, purchase livestock or work in technical sales or marketing. Others advise agricultural producers on how to upgrade animal housing facilities properly, lower mortality rates, handle waste matter or increase production of animal products, such as milk or eggs. Small Animal care workers train, feed, water, groom, bathe and exercise animals. They also clean, disinfect and repair their cages.


Animal Science Courses at "The Center"

Agricultural Science and Technology, Animal Science (Livestock), Equine Science, Small Animal Care, and Veterinary Science.


A Comprehensive Agriculture Program

An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: Classroom/Lab instruction, FFA andSupervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). 

The National FFA Organization

The Lexington-Richland 5 FFA program has much to offer any student. The FFA is designed to help reinforce what is learned in the classroom.  Not only is it an educational tool, but a social opportunity, as well as teaching students practical knowledge that will be useful no matter what career field they plan to pursue.  FFA dues are $10.00 and this includes chapter, state, and national dues as well as two FFA magazine subscriptions.  Members will also get the chance to participate in our local, state, and national competitions. Senior members will be eligible to apply for over $3 million worth of National FFA scholarships. It’s my hope with your help and involvement we can grow the Lexington-Richland 5 FFA into one the best programs SC and the Nation has to offer.




 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)

SAE is the third part of the Comprehensive Agriculture Program. Each student will be required to turn in an SAE report at the end of the semester (report grading rubric to be distributed during SAE unit). SAE projects are an exciting, hands-on, and self-directed way to LEARN!!! The four main categories of SAE are as follows:

Research and Experimentation (First Ag Class Students will be required to complete this SAE)
Plan and conduct a scientific experiment. (examples: Determine whether the phases of the moon affect plant growth, or test and determine the efficacy of different welding methods.)

Explore careers in agriculture by attending an agriculture career fair, or creating a report or documentary on the work of a veterinarian.

Get a job or internship on a farm or ranch, at an agriculture-based business, or in a school or factory laboratory.

Own and operate an agricultural business (e.g. a lawn care service, a pay-to-fish operation, holiday poinsettia production and sales.)



October FFA Newsletter

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