Catawba Valley Community College has developed a Turfgrass Management pathway for students at Bunker Hill High School. Offered through the Career & College Promise program, this new collaborative allows high school students to earn tuition-free college credits toward an associate degree in Turfgrass Management.
Taught by Agriculture Teacher Danny Montgomery, the students recently learned how to set up a transit level and read a surveying rod. They germinated a variety of grass seed species to construct turf plots outside the school cafeteria. Montgomery is also advisor to the Bunker Hill High School National FFA Organization.
“The creation of the turf program is a stellar example of the partnership between a high school and community college,” said Dr. Jeff Isenhour, Bunker Hill High School Principal. “This field is wide open with opportunity for young men and women to build careers in sports turf management.”
“We often don’t think about the connections to agriculture and turf management,” added Dr. Isenhour. “However, this is a where our partnership can connect the dots for students in very lucrative career choices.”
Montgomery’s students recently attended Grower Days at Killian’s Hardware on Springs Road in Hickory. They also took a tour of Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds. Under the direction of Catawba Valley Community College’s Turfgrass and Horticulture Director Steven Peeler, the ballfield has undergone a complete transformation. It’s also the home field of CVCC’s Red Hawk baseball team.
For more information about enrolling in the Turfgrass Management pathway at Bunker Hill High School next fall, contact Peeler at 828-327-7000, ext. 4238,firstname.lastname@example.org.