SSC Grounds Department is working in collaboration with the Texas A&M Agrilife department and the Horticulture Options in Plant Science program, or H.O.P.S. The following information is provided via the Texas A&M Center on Disability and Development, the HOPS Project is a two semester training program whose purpose is to provide instruction and support individuals with disabilities to gain the necessary skills and experiences in work readiness in order to successfully transition into competitive integrated employment in the horticulture industry. Students have the option to become certified on the state/national level. Three of the students in this program have joined the SSC team for the spring semester. These students have been involved in multiple facets of the grounds program, further advancing their skills in horticulture and experiences in the work place. Grounds management has enjoyed this opportunity and appreciates the great contribution these students have made. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Agrilife program and the students of the HOPS program.

submitted by Stephen Gerhard

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