A love for plants, trees and flowers sent HACC alumnae Pat Welfley of Newport and Lou Summers of Millerstown down a new learning path toward a second associate degree, this time in ornamental horticulture.
Welfley, one of the program�s first graduates, recently earned certification from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association. �I was able to achieve this only because of the patience, guidance and direction you all have given me,� she wrote to her HACC professors. That achievement is �proof positive� that the hard work put into establishing the ornamental horticulture program is working, said Welfley, who works at Stauffers of Kissel Hill nursery in Mechanicsburg.
Wefley’s first associate degree in accounting served her well when she and her husband owned a pharmacy in Newport. But after selling the business, her interests changed dramatically as she discovered ornamental horticulture. “It’s amazing what I learned,” she said, adding she relished being able to study plant origins, growing techniques and landscaping in order to help people make the most of their gardens.