Borden County School (Gail, TX). In their junior year, students may take dual credit classes in conjunction with a local junior college, at no cost, in English, History, Government, Economics, Psychology, and Math; most students graduate high school with 30 college credits. Students not interested in college can select a curriculum pathway to become career-ready by receiving an endorsement in Business and Industry; this endorsement can have an emphasis on the Agriculture Sciences or Business.
Agricultural Sciences: Freshman students take Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This course allows students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal development, industry standards, practices, and expectations. Livestock Production is offered to sophomores during the fall semester. Animal species addressed may include beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and poultry. In the spring, the class is Agricultural Mechanics Metal Technologies. Students develop an understanding of agricultural mechanics as it relates to safety and skills in tool operation, electrical wiring, carpentry, fencing, concrete, and metal working techniques. Juniors take courses in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management during the fall semester and Horticulture in the spring semester. Our campus has a greenhouse where the students get hands-on experience in planting, growing, and cultivating flowers and produce. The students have an annual sale where they sell their products to the community. The seniors take Agricultural Facilities Design and Fabrication. This course covers the principles of facilities design and fabrication, planning, constructing and maintaining fencing, corrals and other agricultural enclosures.
Business and Technology. Students learn personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen their performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workplace and post-secondary education. Freshmen take Principles of Business, gaining knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. All sophomores take Business Information Management where they learn to apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, and formulate a database. Sophomores can also take Accounting I, which introduces double entry accounting procedures; students learn to keep financial records for a service or retail business. Juniors are offered Accounting II, an advanced study of concepts, principles, and techniques used by businesses to maintain electronic and manual financial records. Seniors can take Digital and Interactive Multimedia; the study of digital and interactive media and its application in information technology enables students to analyze and assess current and emerging technologies.