The Pennsylvania State University and the Center for Professional Personnel Development partnered with the Cumberland Valley High School to offer a premiere CASE Institute. The institute offered was Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant Science-Fast Track. The institute took place on June 21-26, 2020.


Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant Science, Fast Track June 21-26, 2020.

**Fast Track participants must have a prior CASE certification (AFNR preferred).**

Principles of Agricultural Science--Plant is a foundation-level course teaching students the form and function of plant systems. Students experience various plant science concepts through inquiry-based exercises filled with activities, projects, and problems utilizing laboratory and practical experiences. Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting.

Students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Students will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy.

Lessons throughout the course will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in plant science. These lessons include working in teams and exploring hands-on projects. Students will work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery managers, and plant research specialists, face in their respective careers.

Teachers are provided detailed professional development to facilitate instruction. Every lesson is aligned with national standards for agriculture, science, mathematics, and English language arts.

Additional Information

Cumberland Valley High School is located at 6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. To learn more about Cumberland Valley Agricultural Sciences and FFA, visit their website.


The cost of the Pennsylvania State University CASE Institute is $2,750 per person. The price includes lodging, curriculum, shuttle services for class, cost of instruction materials, shirt, printing, and meals. The registration fee must be paid by May 1st. See CANCELLATION POLICY for details about refunds and participant and/or school financial responsibilities after the April 1st registration deadline.

*Participants requesting a single room will be required to pay an additional $250 fee for a total registration cost of $3,000.

Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to and mailed to:

The Pennsylvania State University
c/o Terra Ingram
209A Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802

PO's or checks should be sent immediately after online registration to confirm that payment will follow. For questions regarding payment, please contact Terra Ingram at 814-863-7852.


The PSU CASE Institute will operate on the fast track, short lunch schedule. Pre-institute homework required. The hours to complete a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute. A group conference room will be reserved for evening group work and study sessions. All participants MUST be present the entire CASE Institute - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fast Track Short Lunch Schedule (Lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
Sunday, June 21st: Check-in from 2:30-5:00 pm hotel TBD
Monday, June 22nd-Thursday, June 25th: Class at CVHS from 8:00 am-5:30 pm
Friday, June 26th: Class at CVHS from 8:00 am-12:00 pm

**Fast Track participants must have a prior CASE certification (AFNR preferred).**

Sunday: Arrival Day and Check-in from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. Flights arriving into Harrisburg International Airport should land NO LATER than 2:00 pm. Group dinner and Institute Grand Opening at 5:30 pm at designated hotel.

Monday- Friday: Depart hotel by 7:40 am. Class at Cumberland Valley High School from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

  • Lunch provided at Cumberland Valley High School.
  • Dinner will be arranged for the group or participants may venture to local eateries on their own using the meal stipend.

*A more detailed schedule will be available early 2020.


Hotel accommodations will be provided as part of your registration fee at the Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW-Mechanicsburg. The hotel will provide hot breakfast, internet, fitness area, complimentary self-parking and a group study area.

The hotel will be a short 10-minute drive from Cumberland Valley High School. Transportation will be available every morning and evening to transport participants to CVHS and back to hotel. Transportation to evening group meals will also be provided.

Travel Details

Airport - The Harrisburg International Airport, host to many airlines and servicing many cities, is only thirty minutes from the hotel and classroom locations. It is located in the capitol city of Pennsylvania, home to may tourist attractions.


Central Pennsylvania has many historic and tourist attractions to offer. Some of these include:

For more attractions, please visit Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau website

Graduate Credit

Graduate credits (1-6) from the Pennsylvania State University will be offered to all participants of the PSU CASE Institute. Please contact Daniel D. Foster (814-863-0192) for details on obtaining graduate credit.


Individuals who wish to cancel their registration after registering for the institute will incur a cancellation fee. Any registration cancellations from April 17 to May 18 will incur an $800 cancellation fee. After May 18, no refunds will be available to the individual and/or their school and payment in full is required.

Register for the 2020 PSU Case Institute