Education Secretary Visits State College to See How Students are "Milking" Every Second of the Summer

Aug 04, 2015, 11:15 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Education

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera's "Schools That Teach" tour made a stop Monday at the Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, where high school students are spending their summers learning about and preparing for postsecondary study and careers in the fields of agricultural science.

"Agriculture is our state's leading industry with one in seven jobs in Pennsylvania related to the agricultural industry," Rivera said. "This is why it is so important that we ensure our students are exposed to natural and animal sciences early in our public schools and opportunities for advanced scholarship, such as the Governor's School are available to our high school students."

Students from across the commonwealth are gathered at Penn State University to take part in the five-week Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, which provides a summer enrichment program for talented high school students interested in pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field.

"Ensuring that students graduate from high school with college- and career-ready skills is paramount to Governor Tom Wolf's vision for education and his $1 billion proposed investment in Pennsylvania's education system would allow for greater opportunities to expose students to the high-demand jobs in the agricultural industry," Rivera said.

Penn State's main campus has been home to the Governor's School for Agricultural Sciences since 2014 when the school was reinstated after a five-year hiatus. The Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences is made possible through a partnership with the Governor, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the state's intermediate units.  

"The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Ag Sciences appreciates the continued support from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide this important educational opportunity in agricultural and environmental science to gifted and talented rising high school seniors," Director for the Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences Jenneth Layaou said. "It was a compliment to the program that Secretary Rivera took time out of his busy schedule to come join us during our Animal Science Lab and see the valuable hands-on learning that these students experience."

The Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences is one of three Governor's Schools taking place this summer. Carnegie Mellon University hosts the Governor's School for Sciences and the Governor's School for Engineering and Technology is held at Lehigh University.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education