Program Spotlight- Horticulture & Landscaping
Teacher Spotlight- Malena Perry
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“Exploring how to grow plants Aeroponically and what plants lend themselves to growing in that type of environment.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?
“A few students go on to get a degree in some facet of Horticulture, others go right into the trade when they graduate.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“Soft skills, customer service, and showing up for work on a regular basis- on time and ready to work!”
What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?
“The most current trend in our trade is growing plants hydroponically. Growing food with less water and growing medical marijuana.”
What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?
“Botanical names of plants seem to be difficult for most students. I think because they are Latin and most students find it difficult to spell and pronounce.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“We do Theory lessons, but in my shop there really isn’t a “typical” day, it just depends on what is going on.” (weddings, prom, homecoming and various school functions, holiday arrangements, landscaping, greenhouses, arboretum, aquaponics system…to name a few)
What advice would you give student who have completed your program?
“Never give up, do something you love or your passionate about and stay in touch.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS?
“I have been with CPAVTS for 20 years.”
What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
“I have a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, in Agricultural Education. I worked as a florist at Plasterer’s Florist in Chambersburg, PA.”