The Landscaping/Horticulture program is a Chapter 74 approved program aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational Technical Education Frameworks – Agriculture and Natural Resources Cluster – Horticulture that offers a comprehensive competency based course that explores career areas in landscape maintenance, construction and design, greenhouse production, nursery production, floriculture, and retail garden center operation. The program emphasizes knowledge of plant science as a foundation to all career areas. Students learn while using equipment and materials that represent industry standards. Project based learning activities, residential landscaping projects, greenhouse sales, and floral projects provide experiences for students to reinforce, practice skills, and knowledge learned in the classroom setting.
The classroom environment is geared towards preparing students for the world of work with respect to work ethic, attitude, professionalism, and teamwork. Leadership and personal development skills are promoted through involvement in the Future Farmers of American (FFA) student organization.
Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
♦ Integrate academics through project based learning
♦ Create a portfolio
♦ Recognize career pathway opportunities
♦ Interact safely in a shop environment
♦ Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
♦ Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
♦ Organize and research information
♦ Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
♦ Demonstrate customer service and sales skills and process method of sales transaction
♦ Use resources for research and problem solving
♦ Demonstrate teamwork, customer service and sales skills
♦ Safely operate and maintain tools and equipment
♦ Identify types of plants used in the industry
♦ Design, construct, and maintain landscapes
♦ Grow and care for greenhouse crops
♦ Prepare basic floriculture products
♦ OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification
♦ Future Farmers of America (FFA)
♦ Greenhouse Operations
♦ Floral Design Operations
♦ Landscape Design and Construction
♦ Pesticide License Exam Preparation
♦ Hoisting License Exam Preparation
♦ Horticulture and Landscape Business Operations
Looking toward the future:
Take a look around you. Your environment is enhanced by maintained lawns and grounds, gardens, majestic trees, and natural settings. However nature needs quite a bit of help to maintain and/or create beautiful settings and serene landscapes. The field of landscaping technology and horticulture goes far beyond the lawn mower. Landscapers perform a variety of tasks necessary to achieve a pleasant and functional environment. There is an increase in career opportunities for those in occupations that support the expanding interest in the quality of our global environment. Specialist in areas such as landscape architecture, forestry, agriculture, plant sciences, conservation, and natural resources are in high demand. They often work for or with Federal, state and local governments, extension programs, research facilities and colleges and universities.
Students completing the Landscaping Technology/Horticulture program have the option of securing gainful employment, continuing formal studies at the post-secondary level, or pursuing a combination of both.
The Landscaping Technology/Horticulture program has an articulation agreement with Springfield Technical Community College. Through this articulation agreement students have the opportunity to earn college credit in Principles of Horticulture (GL 120) – 3 credits.
Exploratory & 1st year
2nd & 3rd year
- West Springfield Rotary Club Adopt an Island
West Springfield Rotary Club Adopt an Island
The Rotary Club adopted an Island and in conjunction with Mr. Marion and his students the clean, prune, mulch, and plant the island for the Rotary Club of West Springfield.
- Putting Green is finished
Putting Green is finished
The Juniors & Seniors have worked on the putting green for the last three years and it is finally complete. The next step is a green’s mower and learning to sharpen it.
- Freshman Field trip to Mt. Holyoke College Flower Show
Freshman Field trip to Mt. Holyoke College Flower Show
Bulb Show Orchids in Bloom
- 2015 Spring Plant Sale
2015 Spring Plant Sale
All plants are grown and Maintained by the student in landscape & Horticulture program. The Left overs plants were donated to Forest Park and we are hoping to develop a small partnership with them next year.
- 2015 MA FFA State Conference
Juni Sanchez, Matt Narreau, Gabby Rodzen, Liam Jackson, Steven Stagnaro, Ian Snyder and Max Ritter. (from left to right)
Dinner & the Dance
Steven Stagnaro, Ms. Gentile and Juni Sanchez Banquet
FFA Dance, Juni dancing the night away!!!