CTE AG Ornamental Horticulture


Introduction Course

Pirate Focus
Grade Level: 9
UC/CSU: Elective (“G”) requirement
Credits: 10.0
Graduation Requirement: GFSF
Pre-requisites: None.
Dual Enrollment/Articulation: Articulation with Yuba College (COUNS 25)
Grading Scale: 4.0
Description: A comprehensive career and life planning course. Students complete the course with a 10 Year Plan for success, a Skills-Based Education Plan, the beginning of a Professional Portfolio, and a sense of relevance for their high school courses. In the context of a study of the changes that occur during a typical life span, each student will construct a personal profile of current and projected interests, aptitudes, skills, values, personality, and life and personal circumstances.

Concentrator Courses

The Art and History of Floral Design - P
Grade Level: 9 - 12
UC/CSU: VAPA (“F”) requirement
Credits: 10.0
Graduation Requirement: CTE or Fine Arts
Pre-requisites: None
Grading Scale: 4.0
Description: This class is an introduction to artistic and creative perception including aesthetic valuing through a series of projects in various media including tempera, pencil, flowers, tile, and a variety of papers. Students are also introduced to the elements and principles of visual art design such as line, shape/form, color, balance, and emphasis using a series of floral-based projects to explore the connections, relations, and application to visual arts design. Students will research and study floral trends to understand and develop an appreciation for floral design within historical and cultural, formal and casual, ceremonial and traditional, including an understanding that floral designs are affected by society, culture, history, politics, and economic influence. Various assignments based on abstract two and three dimensional designs, historical culture and theory, color theory, and analytical critiques of various floral art works using design vocabulary in conjunction with development of technical skills in floral art will serve as a foundation for more complex works such as multi-part floral designs and creative expression through wedding consultations.

Capstone Course

Advanced Floral Design – P
Grade Level: 10 - 12
UC/CSU: VAPA or Elective (“F or G”) requirement
Credits: 10.0
Graduation Requirement: CTE or Fine Arts
Pre-requisites: Student must have passed The Art and History of Floral Design with a “C” or better
Grading Scale: 4.0
Dual Enrollment/Articulation: Articulation with Woodland College pending
Description: This course allows students to learn professional florist skills for employment in the floral field. Students will explore the floriculture industry on a more technical and advanced level including the proper care and handling of flowers, plants, and foliage; evaluate floral materials and arrangements; utilize floral tools, suppliesand products to apply design principles to floral medium; construct arrangements for all occasions; display, price, and market floral designs; and preserve floral materials as students run their own floral shop. The art elements and principles of design will serve as a foundation for each unit covered. After completion of this class, students will be prepared to secure a job in the floral industry. Students will be exposed to careers in Agriculture Business. Students will automatically become members of FFA and participation in FFA activities and supervised agricultural experience programs will be a graded component of the course.

Miscellaneous Classes

Agricultural Leadership and Communications
Grade Level: 9 - 12
UC/CSU: Elective (“G”) requirement
Credits: 10.0
Graduation Requirement: CTE
Pre-requisites: None
Grading Scale: 4.0
Description: This course is designed to promote and develop leadership in the Agriculture Industry. Through the planning and execution of numerous events for the school’s FFA chapter, students will discover how to best affect change in their communities. Students will read extensively about the nature of leadership and its different styles. Additionally, students write frequently – critically, reflectively, persuasively – and speak about the real-world issues in Agriculture. Topics will include current issues in Ag legislation, development of personal leadership skills, FFA operations, FFA Judging Teams, and exploration of past and present needs in the Ag Industry and its leaders. A supervised Agricultural Experience project is required and will be developed with the aid of the instructor. Students will help plan, organize and put on events in FFA. Students are required to complete 20 hours per semester. FFA participation and SAE, Supervised Agricultural Experience, projects will be part of the grade for this course.

Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

FFA - The National FFA Organization

Students enrolled in any Agriculture Pathway are eligible to participate in FFA as members or officers. FFA is a Career Technical Student Organization that is recognized by industries across the nation as a way for students to gain employable skills and develop into great leaders. More information can be acquired from our Agriculture Teachers or from CTE/C Center, or by emailing careers@wheatlandhigh.org.

Yuba College Degree Information

While Yuba Community College does not currently have a Floral or Ornamental Horticulture program, we recommend Woodland Community College

Woodland College Degree Information

For more information on Woodland Community College's Environmental Horticulture or Plant Science programs, CLICK HERE.

Industry Information

Nursery & Greenhouse Workers
Farm/Ranch Managers
First-Line Supervisors of Lawn Maintenance & Landscapers
Plant & Soil Scientists

Wage Range
$43,000 - $132,000
Depending on Experience and Level of Education

Projected Job Openings
9,830 Annual Openings

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