Flagler, J. 1993. Correctional youth and the green industry. J. of Therapeutic Horticulture 7(1):49-55.

The N.J. Department of Corrections has awarded a $90,000.00 grant to Rutgers University - Cook College to develop specialized training for correctional programs for youth. the objective is for the participants to gain horticultural skills and ultimately to be trained and employable. Potential employers include all facts of "green industry": florists, landscapers, garden centers, nursery gardens, turf managers, parks and shade tree departments, and interior plantscapers.

Using a highly structured set of training modules spread over the course of 9 months, participants will have the opportunity to develop new levels of knowledge, responsibility and achievement. A relatively small amount of classroom lecture will be augmented and supported by hands-on exercises and activities. Participants will gain meaningful experience as they put to work the lessons presented in class. field trips to horticultural productions facilities will further enrich the program.

On a regular basis, students, instructors and counselors will be surveyed to determine program effectiveness. Academic and socio-emotional progress will be monitored and documented at regular intervals. Career counseling, internships and a job placement mechanism will be implemented to steer the program graduates toward success