The Pennsylvania State University and the Center for Professional Personnel Development will partner with the Cumberland Valley High School to offer a premiere CASE Institute for Summer 2019. We will be offering Principles of Agricultural Sciences-Animal Science-Fast Track. The institute will take place June 23-28, 2019.


Principles of Agricultural Science-Animal Science, Fast Track June 23-28, 2019.

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

Principles of Agricultural Science--Animal is a foundation-level course engaging students in hands-on laboratories and activities to explore the world of animal agriculture. During the course, students develop a comprehensive Producer's Management Guide for an animal of their choice.

Student experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. For example, students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets.

Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, and industry personnel, face in their respective careers. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

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 23rd: Check-in from 2:30-5:00 pm at the Park Inn
Monday, June 24th-Friday, June 28th: Class at CVHS from 8:00 am-5:30 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 2019.


Hotel accommodations will be provided for all participants at the Park Inn by Radisson and will include: hot breakfast, internet, fitness area, and 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.

Hotel Website:

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:

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey Amusement Park

Gettysburg Battlefields

Amish Country

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 18 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.