Horticulture Student Wins Statewide Award

Phyllis DaughertyPhyllis Daugherty, a student in the Horticulture Technology program at Alamance Community College, has been awarded the North Carolina Work-Based Learning Association William D. Weston Student of the Year Award.

This is the first time an ACC horticulture student has won a state-wide honor.

Daugherty is a non-traditional student who enrolled at ACC seeking a career change after working years in Human Resources, training and development. She came to the College seeking an associate’s degree in Horticulture Technology, but already with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing.

Since enrolling at ACC in fall 2016, Daugherty worked at Hoffman Nursery in summer 2017 as part of the Work-Based Learning seminar. In just one year at ACC, she has excelled: Dean’s List, scholarship recipient, competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, and elected as president of the campus FLORA Club for the 2017-18 academic year.

Said ACC Horticulture instructor Lindsey Heise: “Phyllis contributed to the Work-Based Learning seminar class by actively participating in group discussion, asking questions and offering suggestions and scenarios from situations she had experienced in her previous career. Without Phyllis’s contributions, the class would not have been the same.”

Daugherty has volunteered with the Appalachian Trail Conservatory where she assisted in relocating trails. She has volunteered with SEEDS in Durham, assisting with garden maintenance, planting and harvesting.

“The Work-Based Learning program has enhanced my understanding and commitment to the field of Horticulture Technology as I pursue a career in landscape architecture,” said Daugherty, who expects to graduate with an associate’s degree in spring 2018.