The Patterson Joint unified School District was notified last week that Patterson has been awarded a $600,000 California Career Pathway Grant for its Ornamental Horticulture pathway.

The grant will not only support the ornamental horticulture pathway at Patterson High School; it will help build a course in nursery plant management at Del Puerto High School and support the Rising Sun’s Transition to Success farm and garden program as well.

The district aims to utilize this resource and support three agriculture programs at the same time. Patterson Unified is meeting the needs of students in a traditional high school agriculture program while also providing new opportunities for students at risk of dropping out of school and adult learners with developmental disabilities.

Phil Alfano, Patterson Unified superintendent of schools, said he is proud of the team that spent many hours helping to pull this grant together—Kendall Green, Tonya Bibbins, Veronica Miranda, Michael Costa, Samantha Cahill and Marcos Huerta.

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