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New Horizons Students Participate in Local Building Projects
By Nancy E. Sheppard

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Students from the Construction Technology department of New Horizons Career and Technical Center located on Butler Farm Road in Hampton have become the "go to” source for items needed to for the York County/Poquoson Master Gardeners. Since 2011, the school’s students have constructed items like garden beds, benches, and tables for the association’s Learning Garden located in Poquoson.

New Horizons Career and Technical Center has educated students from twenty-one high schools from York County, Poquoson, Williamsburg-James City County, Gloucester County, Hampton, and Newport News. It is their mission to provide both career and technical services and education to students to prepare for postsecondary career opportunities and education. They currently serve 920 high school juniors and seniors in twenty-three programs.

The Construction program, under the direction of Tim P. Extine, is a one-year course of learning that provides students with credentials in OSHA 10 and National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Pre/Post Construction Technology Entry-Level Assessment. With business partners including Custom Kitchen Design, NASA, Criner Remodeling, York County/Poquoson Master Gardeners, and York-Poquoson Extension Agency, students prepare for career opportunities to include project management, construction estimator, architecture, and design.

As part of their course of study, students participate in design and building projects. They have constructed numerous learning gardens throughout elementary schools in York County and Poquoson. They also build projects to sell to the community, including benches and sheds. They only ask for cost of materials plus 10% that goes towards an honorarium fund for students graduating from the program.

Currently, Noel Talcott, a Master Gardener from the York County/Poquoson Master Gardeners, is working with both Mr. Extine and Ellen Fiscella, the CAD/Architecture teacher from Poquoson High School, to draw up plans for custom projects for the students in Mr. Extine’s program.

If you are interested in discussing a custom build project from the students at New Horizons Career and Technical Center, instructor Tim Extine can be reached via telephone at 804-832-7892 or e-mail at

Special thanks to Noel Talcott, Master Gardener with the York County/Poquoson Master Gardeners.


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