Dear Mr. Cline:
I am writing to say thanks for the informative article regarding the Pathway to PCA program (Western Farm Press, Sept. 20, 2008). It is a good program that we used here at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo last spring. In the article it was mentioned that there is only one school, Chico State, that has a PCA curriculum. I'd like to clarify that Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo has in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department a very strong PCA curriculum, a Plant Protection Science minor, as well as a master's degree specialization. We offer a variety of courses in pest management including arthropods, weeds, diseases and vertebrates. We have specialized courses in grape pest management, ornamental and greenhouse management, biological control and plant-pest interactions. Our program also includes hands-on-learning in enterprise projects, senior projects and internships. We enjoy high enrollment in these courses and in most years have students from other universities such as Davis, Berkeley, Fresno, and Pomona come to our campus to take courses in order to meet the course requirements for obtaining a PCA license.
I'm sure the notation in the article was an oversight, but might be confusing to our hundreds of alums that are practicing PCAs.
All the best,
David Headrick, Professor
Horticulture and Crop Science Dept.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.