Front Range Community College student Mary Palmer was awarded one of Disney Theme Parks & Resorts’ plant science internships, a Disney Professional Internship. Palmer was one of 13 college students from across the country and the only community college student selected for the highly competitive Disney Agricultural Science internship program. She is working in Orlando, Fla., until January 2013.
Palmer works in the greenhouses within the Living with the Land agricultural attraction at Epcot. Specifically, she is assigned to one of the Land’s experimental growing areas, the Creative House, which displays imaginative methods of growing crops, including hydroponic (without soil) and aeroponic (hanging in the air) methods.
Palmer earned a certificate in Horticulture from FRCC in May 2012 and is working toward her Associate of Applied Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Technologies at the Larimer Campus in Fort Collins. She hopes to work in public horticulture and landscape design. She began her career in graphic design and art and has lived and worked around the world. A 25-year resident of the Fort Collins-Loveland area, Palmer ran her own floral design company from 2002 to 2010 before coming to FRCC.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 community colleges in Colorado and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.