The Landscape Horticulture program at Franklin County Technical School is designed to provide a diverse education in the horticultural field. Students are instructed in safety and are able to use tractors, loaders, forklifts, chainsaws as well as numerous pieces of turf management equipment. The Plants Science portion of the program includes soil science, plant identification, entomology, plant physiology, environmental control, bedding plant production, greenhouse operations, propagation, arboriculture, and Integrated Pest Management. The Horticulture Technology curriculum involves hydroponics, hydraulics, equipment safety, maintenance, and operation. Students have the opportunity to study for the Massachusetts Hydraulics Engineer License, the Massachusetts Licensed Pesticides Applicator’s exams and to participate in the local FFA Chapter where they can compete in various career development events.
The Landscaping & Horticulture Instructors, Kurt Richardson and Amanda Mattison. They are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Students gain experience by assisting with FCTS facility projects, along with occasional projects for municipal and non-profit groups. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill, but there is nothing like using those skills for real,under the direction of your instructor who now acts as your supervisor.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, please contact Maggie Nugent, Director of Career and Technical Education.