Across the country, there a wide variety of programs dedicated to the continuing industry education of college students.
For example, PLANET, the Professional Landcare Network, hosts its annual Student Career Days every year where college students from around the country can learn, experience and network with industry professionals.
However, one school has taken it a step further and has started to help high school students with real-world industry examples.
Four Fredericksburg, Virginia high school landscaping students spent two weekends installing a patio, flower boxes and benches outside of a downtown bakery, according to the Free Lance-Star.
According to the students’ teacher, Steve Rossi, the project was all about providing a real-world experience.
“They interviewed [Trista Couser, the bakery’s owner] and went through all the steps of design that a landscaper would go through with a client,” Rossi told the Free Lance-Star.
This was the second public project for the seven students in the class.