Horticulture Center at Garfield Park Academy. The center functions as a quiet oasis for students, where they can connect with nature and get their hands dirty. Students learn patience and how to care for plants through hands-on earth science lessons. They also learn career skills: the classroom is set up to run as a full-service flower shop, so students learn about marketing, salesmanship, order taking, and cash register operation.
Twice a week, Dan, who is on track for a June, 2017 graduation, dons his uniform to go to Meineke. There, he works under the supervision of another mechanic as an intern. A job coach from GPA attends with him, helping Dan adjust to new situations, and acting as a ‘go-between” to help him problem-solve and interpret work situations.