SAVA CTE Agricultural & Natural Sciences


Plant & Soil Science Pathway:
Plant Science 1

Plant Science 1 is designed to provide the students with a working knowledge of the fundamental structures and processes of plants.  Principles to be applied cover plant structures, physiology, heredity, environmental relationship to growth, adaptation, and management of crops. Techniques of research, exploration of plant growth, and identification of economical crops will be included. Students in this class will use aeroponics, state-of-the-art modern technology, to grow vegetables and herbs without soil in tower gardens.

Animal Science Pathway:
Poultry 1

Poultry Science 1 is designed for students who are interested in the agricultural business. The course provides an overview of the livestock industry, including the supply of animal products and their uses. It includes a study of the principles and practices of commercial poultry production.

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Animal Science Pathway:
Poultry 2

Poultry Science 2 is the second half of the articulated poultry class with Modesto JC. Students will study poultry nutrition, reproduction, environmental management, health, marketing, and records keeping to ensure scientifically-based management decisions and consumer product acceptance. There will be a special emphasis on ducks and emu poultry. The concepts of farm to fork are also covered. Poultry Science 1 is required for this course.


Name: Gene Lorance
Location: SAVA Power Inn Charter School
Subjects Taught: Plant & Poultry Sciences

Education: Seven 2-year Degrees: Fire, Automotive, Forestry, Industrial Technology, Liberal Arts, Photography,  & General Studies from Sierra College. BS & MA in Education from Sacramento State University. Teaching Credential  in Public Service, Transportation, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Fire Qualifications and Certificates: Fire Instructor 1A, 1B and 1C, State Firefighter 1, State Firefighter 2, Federal Firefighter Type 2, Federal Firefighter Type 1, Strike Team Leader, Helicopter Crewmember, Incident Commander Type 4, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2, and 95 Certificates in Fire

About Me: Mr. Lorance began his career in fire at community college where he began taking fire classes. Soon he was participating in an organized fire crew. Here he gained great knowledge and experience but thirsted for more. Soon after this, Mr. Lorance gained his State Fire Fighter 1 and 2 Certificate along with many other State, County and Federal Certificates. After 5 years he moved towards wildland fires. Here he worked for the US Forest Service on a Helitack Rappel Crew where he completed his Federal FFT2 and FFT1 task-book and several NWCG Certificates. Mr. Lorance then took a job with US Fish and Wildlife Service as a prescribed fire specialist/Engine Boss. This job improved on how he looked at fire and how fire can be used to help the environment. However he found that he had a passion for fighting fire with the helicopter. Mr. Lorance returned to be a part of the Helitack Crew Member for Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He had many great experiences and traveled to many states and saw the most beautiful landscapes.

However, over time Mr. Lorance realized that he wanted to pass on all his knowledge to the next generation of fire fighters. He returned to school and earned several two-year degrees from Sierra College, one BS degree and one MA degree from Sacramento State University also including his teaching credentials. Mr. Lorance now teaches full time at SAVA leading our three Fire classes and at the same time teaches at Sierra College.

Interests: Everything from Sky Diving to Cave exploring.

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