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Charlotte Public Schools open new agricultural learning center

Xavier Mendoza | WCMU

Charlotte Public Schools is opening a new Agricultural Learning Center with classrooms providing hands-on teaching about farming and horticultural industries.

Michigan’s food and agriculture sector accounts for nearly 20 percent of the state’s employment. Since the early 1970s, Charlotte Public Schools has been exposing students to the field.

Nick Thompson teaches in the district’s agricultural learning programs. He says the new center will offer students the opportunity to learn from and interact with goats, sheep, and pigs.

“So our overarching goal is to try to expose students at the high school level, to these career opportunities, so that they can you know, be thinking about that as an option when they graduate high school as a career.”

The new facility is made possible through a $36 million dollar bond approved by voters in November of 2020.