PCHS students attend Jacksonville Landscape Show as part of Move On When Ready program
February 18, 2016 05:51 PM
Nine Pierce County High School (PCHS) Move On When Ready (MOWR) students attended the Jacksonville Landscape Show February 11, 2016, as part of their Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Nursery Production class in order to learn more about managing a nursery business and career opportunities in environmental science. Their instructor, CPTC environmental horticulture instructor Mark Deal, organized the trip to generate additional interest in the environmental sciences, give students’ an opportunity to learn about new nursery production products and techniques, provide hands-on learning workshops, and demonstrate the value of trade shows to business owners and managers.
The event, open to industry professionals only, offered students an opportunity to network with horticulture suppliers, producers, management and others in related fields. Participating students learned about a variety of career opportunities like sales and service (including diesel mechanic for trucks and equipment), turf management, landscape management, nursery and plant production, and greenhouse operations and management.
This group of students, along with about 130 others at PCHS and more than 700 in our area, are taking advantage of the Governor’s Move On When Ready program. The program allows students to earn both high school and college credit for the same class. Currently, CPTC is partnering with area high schools to offer more MOWR courses to give high school graduates a head-start on their college requirements. In addition to college credit, many of the courses prepare students to earn certifications that open career opportunities before they even complete high school.
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information about the Move On When Ready program, contact a high school counselor or the CPTC Admissions Office: 877.332.8682.
Those attending the show were Taylor Price (See above right photo; front, L to R), Mikayla Taylor, Kristian Aultman, Brigette Lee, Ashley McDonald, Sara Troutman, (Back, L to R) Aaron Griffin, Instructor Mark Deal, Robby Thornton, and Brett Sapp. Two students from the class, Tyler Clements and Serah Spoon, were unable to make the show.