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BETC- Bionomic Educational Training Center

BETC Brochure [PDF]

Video on BETC: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7dADkdIJ3fyNGRlcTBHY3h5ZlU/view?ts=57193ce1

Southern High School Receives $30,714 for Agriculture Educational Enhancement Program

The Durham Soil and Water staff received a grant from the National Institute for Agriculture (NIFA) for the Bionomic Educational Training Center (BETC, pronounced "Betsy"), on the Southern High school campus. Exceptional-children teachers Amy Jenkins and Lennie Curington and principal, Kenneth Barnes have joined with Durham County Watershed conservationist Mike Dupree to develop the Bionomic Education Training Center to provide funding, work experience and practical math and science lessons for Sothern students. 

  • School-based Agribusiness  In the agribusiness, students grow and sell native plants for rain gardens, bio-retention areas and riparian buffers that reduce polluted runoff into Durham waterways.  The agribusiness was designed for special-needs students identified for the Occupational Course of Study (OCS).  The students grow native North Carolina plants for rain gardens and various culinary herbs.  They built small cold frames and installed an automated irrigation system.  They learned how to engineer a rain garden, how rain gardens remove urban contaminates and are, thus, very important for sustaining our community and environment.  This program allows students in the OCS department to obtain valuable hours of experience in order for them to pursue careers in horticulture and to develop Green Industry entrepreneurial skills.  The program involved 25 students who participated in 250 instructional hours related to the project and the students earned 4,900 hours of work hour credit and produced an income of $1,360 to date for the OCS Department.

The biggest and most profound change, however, has been the change in the students.  They see that they are doing something that really matters. What they are learning will influence the rest of their lives.  The BETC Program provides them with the tools to be productive (and environmentally conscious) citizens.  The students received Certificates of Achievement for their participation in the BETC program and were honored at a reception on May 22, 2013 at Southern High School.

  • Experiment Station The Experiment Station is a lab with a series of experiments that is observed by all students enrolled in AP Environmental Science and Biology throughout the school year.  The lab focuses on water quality concerns and conservation so that students will develop better research techniques, data collection and analysis which are very important for students who will pursue science careers and degrees from institutions of higher learning.  The effects of different land management practices on soil and water quality are the focus of the experiments, especially the complex and delicate relationship between water quality and stormwater management, nutrient management, energy and sustainability and ecological diversity.  The research equipment was purchased and lessons plans have been developed for full implementation in the 2013-2014 school year.

Fall 2013 Plant Catalog (click here)

The plants come from the Occupational Education Program at Southern High School in  Durham County.  Durham Soil & Water Conservation District operates this program in cooperation with DPS. 

 

Rain Garden Installation

Rain Garden Installation 

 Irrigation Installation

Irrigation Installation

 Irrigation Installation 2

Irrigation Installation 

 Plant Propogation

Plant Propagation

 

Plant Propogation 3

 Plant Propagation

 Plant Propagation 4

Plant Propagation