Monthly Archives: October 2011

New Buzz on Landscape Design Conservation Projects

Whats all the BUZZZ about?  Landscape Design program launched new conservation projects – a honey bee colony and tree farm.  See more pictures on Facebook You might have heard the “sweet” sound of the new honeybee colony at the Aston Campus. The new tenants are residing outside the greenhouse area of the Landscaping program, led by instructor Warren Andersmith. After the hive has established itself, we plan to utilize the honey in our culinary program reducing the purchase of granulated sugar or possibly jar the honey and make it available to sell to the public. Mr. Andersmith is seeking partnerships with local farms to “rent out” the bees to help with the pollination process.

The Landscaping students are also currently working to establish a tree farm utilizing the existing acreage at the Aston Campus. The program Ball & Burlap will provide students with a real-world experience while providing cost saving to the Aston Campus, and helping to minimize the school’s carbon footprint on the environment. Using Bobcat equipment obtained from the Perkins Grant, students will create, maintain, prune, and sell all of the trees grown on campus. As a local grower, DCTS will work with local municipalities to help replenish and replace trees in the community.

Culinary Students Rock Their Cake Designs


Students of the Culinary Arts and Food Service Management – Marple Campus recently designed cakes to honor the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Delaware County. Teaching Assistant Jessica Latini worked with students to create a 50s theme. The cakes were beautiful and the organization was very pleased. Applause from all of us on a great job!

Newly Renovated Automotive Technology Wing


DCTS knocked down walls and built a high-tech lab space in the newly renovated the Automotive Technology wing. The instructors used a dealership model to design the immersive teaching space. The program now brings first-, second- and third-year students together in a team teaching environment. Instructors use work binders to structure their curriculum and tasks. From theory to practice, students feel like they are “on the job” while learning.  The feedback has been very positive from parents, students, and staff regarding the changes in the program this year.  Five students from Interboro, Haverford, Chichester, Archbishop Carroll, and Monsignor Bonner are preparing for the Automotive Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia Competition in November where they will proudly represent Delaware County Technical High School.