CLYDE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Clyde Consolidated Independent School District (CCISD) is adding options to its students’ career paths by offering new courses, such as Floral Design.
When you think of flowers, worship comes to mind, but Kaitlyn Pettit, first year Clyde CISD instructor, says it’s more than a kind gesture.
“Everyone thinks agriculture here is either cattle, which grows in a greenhouse, or mechanical, and that’s not all the farming industry is. There’s so much more, like, it’s all you wear, eat, use on a daily basis, ”Pettit said.
Clyde CISD offers their very first floral design course, so students can learn in a hands-on way.
“Bringing that into the agricultural program and not just into an arts program is something I really appreciate because you’re right, not many schools here have the opportunity to take this opportunity,” said Pettit.
Oddly enough, Pettit says she didn’t like flowers so much until she took a flower class in college.
“I hated flowers that grew,” Pettit said.
But now she is teaching her students everything there is to know about a flower, from its growth and structure to its role in the environment.
“Being able to have them made in our community and then give them to our community, so since my grandma can have my flowers on her table, that will be cute,” said Paige Smart.
“There are so many career choices you can have at Clyde. They have like a class for everyone, it’s great, ”said freshman Tucker Jones.
And when it comes to floral design, Pettit says, “This is a class where there is endless imagination that can happen and there are also endless possibilities,” Pettit said.
At the end of the course, every student who comes out of these doors will walk away with a certification, which will make them ready to work in the flower industry while in high school or even college.