Low enrollment ends CATA horticulture program

US: "Student interest in the horticulture has continued to drop in recent years"

The Cullman Area Technology Academy's horticulture/floriculture program will be closing at the end of this school year due to a decreasing number of students enrolling in the program.

CATA Principal Billy Troutman said local and regional workforce data, duplication of services in the county's schools, and enrollment concerns were the deciding factors in making the decision to end the program.

"Unfortunately, the enrollment in this program at CATA has continued to decrease through the years to the point that it has become unsustainable," he said in an emailed statement.

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette said student interest in the horticulture has continued to drop in recent years, and each high school in the county has its own horticulture program for students to take.

"Especially over the past five years, the numbers have just continued to go down," he said.

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