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    The term 'small engines' can be somewhat misunderstood since the size of an engine is relative.  In this CTE pathway the term is used to refer to gas-powered engines that produce less than 25 horsepower (hp).  The term 'outdoor power equipment' refers to the type of equipment that is powered by small gasoline engines. Many different companies manufacture power equipment although most of these engines are made by Briggs and Stratton, Tecumseh, Honda, and Kohler.  Outdoor power equipment technicians typically have the advantage of deciding between these well-known business as to who they prefer to work for, or they open their own shop. In compare with the auto industry, the start-up costs are much less. The cost of the tools and equipment to get started are much less and even the specialized tools are relatively inexpensive plus, the amount of space needed is comparatively small as well.

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Ornamental Horticulture Pathway

  • Throughout the Ornamental Horticulture Magnet and Plant Sciences Pathway, the highlight of the classes are often the hands-on experience students have in a greenhouse environment and exploring the variety of career options related to the field of Plant Science. In this environment, students learn about irrigation, soils and how to grow plants from start to maturity while learning plant structures, reproduction and propagation. During the Spring, students help with greenhouse plants sales that are popular with community members.  Many students participate in FFA where they learn valuable leadership skills. This Pathway's coursework is being modified over the next several years, so it is always best to look at the most current high school Course Description Handbook for the most current information about the pathway classes and requirements.

    Zoned-home High School Classes:

    9th Grade Classes:
    Introduction to Plant Science - the beginning Pathway class; a semester one credit class. Each student will complete an out-of-class project related to plant science.
    Personal Skills Development - a semester, one credit class (recommended).
    Introduction to Animal Science - a semester, one credit class (recommended).

    10th Grade Classes:
    Botany/Plant and Soil Science - a semester, one credit class. This class focuses on the relationship between soil and plants that affect agricultural production.
    Zoology/Animal Science - a semester, one credit class (recommended).

    11th Grade Classes
    (Centennial and Eagle High students travel to Rocky Mountain for these classes.)

    Horticulture I/Botany - a semester, one credit class. This course includes 'live' work in a greenhouse.

    Horticulture II/Science of Plant Growth & Development - a semester, one credit class. By successful completion of this course, students earn a science credit.

    CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes:

    12th Grade Classes:
    Ornamental Horticulture
     - a semester, one credit pathway capstone class. This culminating class provides students an opportunity to learn about edible and ornamental horticulture crops through hands-on science base research projects.
    Landscape Design - a semester, one credit class (recommended).
    Floral Design & Marketing - a semester, one credit class (recommended).

    Also available - Pathway Brochures

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook. 

Greenhouse Learning!

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