Floral design classes are growing in popularity at Canyon Lake High School.
Some students find it a relaxing end to the day while others enrolled in the school’s agriculture program are looking for something beyond livestock, veterinary or welding, said Career and Technical Education (CTE) floral design teacher Alyssa Peterson.
“Floral to me is a way that I can express myself,” said senior Emily Pena. “It really helps me relax at the end of the day. It allows me to focus on the flowers and relax from the day.”
Peterson said students earn industry-based certifications “without doing something that is outside their wheelhouse.”
Students learn to use tools to make floral arrangements. Advanced classes focus on meeting the needs and expectations of clients, time management, and entrepreneurial skills like working within a budget and purchasing materials.
Peterson said people in the community who’ve heard of the program are reaching out to her, asking if students can create floral designs for their events.
Last year her students created centerpieces for Comal ISD’s annual Night of Stars banquet. They’re currently working on pieces for a wedding scheduled at the end of February.
“What’s great about this, is that even if they are not a paying customer the students are learning how to create arrangements and designs based on the customer’s needs and not on their own personal preferences,” Peterson said.
To learn more about partnering with community businesses, email Renee Martinez at Renee.Martinez@comalisd.org.