Landscaping & Horticulture
at Franklin County Tech is designed to provide a diverse education in the agricultural field.
Our Students
Are instructed in safety and correct use of tractors, loaders, forklifts, and chainsaws, as well as the numerous turf management equipment available.
Our ProgramPrepares students
for the Massachusetts Hydraulics Engineer License, the Massachusetts Licensed Pesticides Applicator’s exams and to participate in the FFA Chapter where they can compete in career development events.
The Landscaping & Horticulture program at Franklin County Technical School is designed to provide a diverse education in the agricultural field. Students are instructed in safety and are able to use tractors, loaders, forklifts, and chainsaws, as well as the numerous turf management equipment available. The Plants Science portion of the program includes soil science, plant identification, entomology, plant physiology, environmental control, bedding plant production, greenhouse operations, propagation, arboriculture, and integrated pest management. The technology part of the curriculum involves aquaculture/hydroponics, hydraulics, and equipment safety, maintenance, and operation. Students have the opportunity to study for the Massachusetts Hydraulics Engineer License, the Massachusetts Licensed Pesticides Applicator’s exams and to participate in the FFA Chapter where they can compete in various career development events.

"Horticulturists working in landscaping perform a wide variety of duties to keep area landscapes looking their best."

About Landscaping & Horticulture

Our Instructor

The Landscaping & Horticulture Instructors, Mark Amstein and Michael LaMontagne, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.

Curriculum

The Landscaping & Horticulture Program introduces students to the growing field of business and office careers. This comprehensive program emphasizes the development of skills in office procedures and practices, software applications, business concepts, and oral/written communications. Students learn the function of the modern office and develop both the interpersonal and professional skills needed for careers in business. Subjects of study include business computer applications, records management, telephone procedures, principles of desktop publishing, business terminology and concepts, compiling and editing spreadsheets, lists management, solving business problems using a financial calculator, and document formatting (i.e. business correspondence, mass mailings, reports, tables, graphs, etc.). Students use office equipment in both hands-on applications and business simulations. Equipment includes networked computer workstations, fax machines, desktop calculators, scanners, xerographic equipment, printers, and digital cameras. A variety of office settings within the school are used as a laboratory for student practice and skill building.

Projects

FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Students gain experience by assisting with FCTS facility projects, along with occasional projects for municipal and non-profit groups. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill, but there is nothing like using those skills for real,under the direction of your instructor who now acts as your supervisor.

Landscaping & Horticulture Customer Work: FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Director of Vocational Curriculum.

Landscaping & Horticulture Instructors

Mark Amstein
Mark Amstein Technical Instructor
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Kurt Richardson
Kurt Richardson Technical Instructor
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"FCTS facility projects, along with projects for municipal and non-profit groups, offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success in the Landscaping & Horticulture Trade

  • o    Love of plants
  • o    Desire to work in diverse weather conditions
  • o    Good math and reading skills
  • o    Ability to work alone or with people in a team
  • o    Ability to visualize and understand shapes and forms
  • o    Ability to use technology
  • o    Understand and follow directions
  • o    Good Communication skills
Career Opportunities

Future Career Opportunities in Landscaping & Horticulture

  • o    Golf Courses
  • o    Garden Centers
  • o    Industrial Plant Grounds
  • o    Grounds Maintenance
  • o    Wholesale Greenhouses
  • o    Tree Services
  • o    Office Buildings
  • o    Parks
  • o    Retail Greenhouses
  • o    Hotel Grounds

Course Work

Course work includes plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery plant culture, turf management, plant identification, arboricultural, diseases and pests of plants, and landscape planning.

Grading Policy

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FFA-Future Farmers of America

The Landscaping Program is a proud and active chapter in the FFA organization. FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

"Landscape professionals work outside during much of the year."

Landscaping & Horticulture News

Republican features FCTS Programs

Damian S. Clark, 16, of Northfield, a junior at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls, sits in a John Deere 4610 tractor in the landscaping and horticulture shop. See Image

"Better than average growth in landscape employment is expected, partially because of the aging Baby Boom population who need help caring for their properties."

Landscaping & Horticulture Videos

Franklin County Technical School - Permaculture Garden

GCC Proposes a Permaculture Garden with FCTS Landscaping and Horticulture Program.

Promotional Video for FCTS

A commercial spot created by Graduate Adam Jaillet for his Senior Capstone project. "Soar with the eagles today..."