Chickasha Campus Recognized for Business Yard of the Month

Pictured on the back row (left to right) is Canadian Valley Technology Center Service Careers teacher’s assistant Nikki Curran, along with Mikey Trott, a Chickasha adult student, Service Careers Instructor Chad Bailey, and AJ McKenna, a Chickasha High School junior. On the front row (left to right) is Jacob Woods, a Tuttle home school junior, David Trott, a Chickasha adult, and Peterson Berkley, a Verden home school junior.

October 28, 2016

CHICKASHA – As air temps cool, fall flora shines brightest. Pansies, mums and decorative kale are among the cool-season plants added recently to the landscape by Service Careers students at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s campus along West Michigan Avenue.

Horticulture is a major part of the curriculum for students enrolled in Service Careers, and instructor Chad Bailey ensures the students get plenty of practice in preparation for careers among many of them in this field.

Onlookers have taken notice.

The school has been recognized by the Rural Neighbors Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) Club for its business Yard of the Month award for October 2016.

“Our students deserve all the credit,” Bailey said. “They work hard in beautifying our campus while learning valuable skills that can be used in chosen careers and for the rest of their lives as they acquire homes of their own.”

Students learn all aspects of planning, installing and caring for several varieties of plants, shrubs and trees.

Bailey said the class has more plans for the near future outdoors.

“We have a desert scape project planned in front of building 400 for this school year,” he said. “It will involve decomposed granite, large boulders, dessert willows and red yucca.”

The Rural Neighbors OHCE Club, through their Resource Management Committee, has revitalized a program that brings recognition to citizens and business owners that take pride in the outward appearance of their properties.

A recent winner of the award is the Chickasha Public Library. Individuals are recognized with a similar award each month.  

OHCE, Inc., is a program of continuing education in all aspects of home and community life through a partnership with the Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

The Weekly Washita Valley Community Magazine co-sponsors the Rural Neighbors OHCE Business Yard of the Month recognition program.

In Fall 2015, the city of Chickasha adopted new landscape requirements for new businesses and for residential development in part to encourage beautification as a forethought, rather than an afterthought.