Katy Texas News
Posted November 5, 2010
The fall Miller Career and Technology Center (MCTC) broke ground on a new garden. The MCTC Bistro and AP/GT Environmental Science classes have partnered to construct a garden for the purpose of growing vegetables and herbs. MCTC teacher Dr. Sharon Sledge and her AP/GT Environmental Science students will be growing and maintaining the vegetables and herbs in the garden. MCTC teacher Patty Kenjura and her culinary arts students will use the vegetables and herbs in the meals prepared in the student-run campus Bistro.
The idea was sparked by Kenjuraâ€™s trip to Italy this past summer, where she learned about slow-cooking methods, which correlates with teaching students about community sustainability, and also emphasizes buying and using locally grown seasonal produce. Not only will the project provide hands-on learning for the students about growing and working with produce, but the AP/GT Environmental Science students will conduct soil tests and plan to incorporate composting into the project. Chemistry students will conduct chemical tests of the soil. MCTC students have planted sweet Italian basil, chives, brussel sprouts, cabbage, buttercrunch lettuce, cauliflower, tomatoes, and radishes. The students look forward to sharing the fruits of their labor with the community.
The current Media Technology II students at MCTC recently tested for the Apple Certified End User Exam for Final Cut Pro 7 in May. All of the students who took the test passed. They must score 80 percent or higher to pass this rigorous exam. MCTC currently holds the national record for the most End User certified students graduating from a program. Student who took the test are currently enrolled in the second year media technology program at MCTC.