“Success Seeds” continues to train students in horticulture.

Ten students enrolled in this year’s “Success Seeds” Horticulture course at MCCC. Pictured (back row, left) are ISD CEO William Heit, Assistant Joanna Bacarella, MCCC Business Dean Lyon Letter, ISD Instructor Christoson Ramson, Alex Benak, Preston Lefever, Sam Blackburn, Director of Development Born and Concert BCC . Kinsey. Front row (left): Charles Paul, Christie Bettyway, DJ Barber, Thomas Resane, Alex Fisher, and MCCC instructor Bianca Sander.

After Kovid’s break, the “Success Seeds” Horticultural Course returned to Monroe County Community College.

The course is offered to students with disabilities through the MCCC and Monroe County Middle School District. Ten students enrolled this year.

Christopher Roman from ISD is the new teacher this year. Teacher Bianca Sander served at the MCCC for seven years.

“The course will enable Monroe County students with disabilities ages 18-26 to prepare for meaningful work in a greenhouse,” MCCC said.

The program was launched in 2008 by ISD Principal William Heath; Sharon Diefenthaller, ISD teacher and Barry Kinsey, Director of Human Resource Development at MCCC. Funding comes from ISD.

“It’s a transition course that uses the Junior Master Gardner curriculum developed by the Michigan State Extension Bureau,” Kinsey said.

Classroom instruction is provided on the MCCC campus, where students are taught by a college teacher and special education teacher at the MCCC Biology Laboratory and Greenhouse. Credit-free course includes 72.5 hours of instruction.

“Every student receives a college ID badge and has the same special rights as other MCCC students,” Kinsey said. “The rest of the course work is conducted in the community at Math Greenhouse and St. Isidor Farm, where students learn important academic, professional and work experience skills, while former students receive jobs in the community and others choose to return for further training.”

The program contains many success stories.

“The students have some amazing talents. In the past, success stories included a young man who knew he had a gift for floral arrangements and was given a place as a florist,” said Kinsey. “Another young person speaks many languages ​​and helps clients. He is currently enrolled as a loan student at MCCC. Another student ISD moved with our local hospital to a similar program called Project Search.

Kinsey is encouraged by the “seeds of success”.

“This program was for the benefit of all involved – the students were able to practice college campus as students, which was impossible before this program,” Kinsey said. “Students are excited to learn. In the past, they have appreciated creating and caring for a long-lasting flower garden in front of the Life Science Building, and the community is finding well-trained and committed individuals to help them with their education. Greenhouse and Garden Center practices.”

This article first appeared in The Monroe News.

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