ERIC Number: ED413487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Agricultural Biotechnology Technician. National Voluntary Occupational Skill Standards.
National Future Farmers of America Foundation, Madison, WI.
The skill standards in this document were developed as a result of meetings between representatives of the agricultural industry and educational institutions to determine the skills and educational preparation required of an agricultural biotechnology technician, verified by technicians working in laboratories, greenhouses, animal facilities, and the field in corporations throughout the United States. The standards are intended to assist educators in developing appropriate courses of study (below the baccalaureate degree), to help students measure their progress against verified goals, and to provide the agricultural industry with skilled employees. The first two sections report on the project's scope and methodology. Part 3 contains skill standards for the following: (1) technical skills (technical communication skills, safety, basic lab skills, basic microbiology, cell biology techniques, quality control, nucleic acid techniques, protein techniques, regulatory compliance, greenhouse and growth chamber skills, plant field trials, animal care and field trials); and (2) employability skills (resources, interpersonal skills, information, and systems). Part 4 contains standards for the following: related academic skills in science, mathematics, computers, and communications; hours of instruction; qualifications of instructors; and tools and equipment. Part 5 describes emerging agricultural occupations and lists the project staff. (KC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Occupations, Agricultural Skills, Agricultural Technicians, Biotechnology, Competence, Competency Based Education, Emerging Occupations, Employment Potential, Equipment, Hand Tools, Job Skills, Machine Tools, National Standards, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Teacher Qualifications, Technical Occupations, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Future Farmers of America Foundation, Madison, WI.