Students who successfully complete the program have the skills they need to be successful in any number of post-secondary pathways, whether it be collegiate, entrepreneurial, or as an employee.
Our first year course, Horticultural Science I provides students with a basic introduction to the science of plants and plant production. Students are able to use this course to meet a basic graduation requirement. This course concludes with an opportunity for students to obtain a Master Gardener Certification, a unique and exclusive opportunity for our students that was piloted by our program in conjunction with the Univesity of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Our second year course, Horticultural Science II, is a rotating elective course that shifts based on the needs and interests of the student group.Generally speaking, the course focuses on sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and practical application through student driven projects.
Our classroom environment is best described as hybridized. Students still meet on regularly for direct instruction, discussion, assessment, activities, and of course, hands-on work in our gardens! However, our students access, review, and submit all course work online, in the cloud. This lets our students work at their own pace, accessing materials anytime and anywhere and students. Most importantly, this approach helps prepare students for post-secondary education, where online learning is becoming the norm.