The El Capitan FFA chapter was established in 2013 to provide students of El Capitan High School the ability to harness and gain skills in the ever diverse field of agriculture. From our small beginnings in 2013 with 123 FFA members to today with well over 450 FFA members, students are excited everyday to be part of a chapter that is providing them the skills that will make them successful in everyday life.
Students in our chapter attend various conferences throughout the state of California. These leadership conferences help hone in skills such as public speaking, professionalism, and networking just to name a few. Our biggest conference that we attend is the state leadership conference in Fresno held in April. This past year we took 32 students for the 4 day conference.
Preparing students for college and career is our top priority at El Capitan. One way we prepare students for college is through our articulation process through Merced College. Students enrolled in many of our classes earn college units to any CSU or JC in California. We also offer industry recognized certification such as the Master Service Technician certification through Briggs and Stratton. The combination of our hands on learning approach along with our industry recognized certifications, gives our students a head start in life after high school.
Personal Growth as defined by the FFA is "Positive evolution of the whole person." Skills such as time management, collaboration, and responsibility are all examples of skills that are developed by FFA members. Along with these skills comes with the awareness and application of skills necessary for career success. Our members naturally garner these skills everyday in our classrooms.
Friendships that Last a Lifetime
Our students spend a lot of time together growing and progressing their skills in the FFA. Often times than not they build lifelong long relationships that make high school great. From conferences, field days, and fairs the enjoyment for the students is found nowhere else except in an Ag program.