Trumbull Agriscience program gets top honor

Trumbull’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center earned a top award recently, during the Connecticut State Department of Education Career and Technical Education Conference.

The program’s animal science concentration was ranked No. 1 in the state, based on student success in tests taken at the end of the year.

Center director Dr. Robert Tremaglio said the latest honor is just an example of all the great work that is happening at the regional program.

“It’s great for the town,” he said. “It’s great for all the towns that contribute to this place — which recently went up to 10 towns to include Redding.”

High school students from Trumbull and surrounding towns participate in the agriscience and biotechnology program, supported by the Trumbull Board of Education and the state of Connecticut. Students spend about 25% of their class time at the center. The center offers a lot of hands-on experience with animals, with plants and in state-of-the-art labs. Recently, eight students came back from a nationwide competition with a bronze medal in livestock judging.

“It’s a wonderful release from the routine of other courses,” Tremaglio said.

When it comes to animal science, students can pursue a number of fields and studies.

“There are so many potential careers, including veterinary science and medicine, nutrition, animal husbandry, equine science,” Tremaglio said.

Each of the upper level courses at the program is affiliated with the Early College Experience program. Teachers become certified as UConn adjunct professors and students can then earn college credit on their transcripts.

“I love success and more than anything else I love to see the kids excel and work hard,” he said. “Just recently we had our farm festival, and it was the most successful fund-raiser in the history of the program.”

Events held at the center raise money for student activities and scholarships.

“I think it’s just indicative of the hard work and the learning that goes under the radar,” Tremaglio said of recent accomplishments.