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Danielle Kwami Takes Skills to Hawaii after Completing Floral Design Certificate from Continuing Studies at MCCC; Fall Courses Begin Sept. 5

8/31/17


Danielle Kwami presents her portfolio featuring 25 arrangements completed during the program.

MCCC Horticulture instructor Ron Rabideau discusses Kwami's floral selections during the portfolio presentation. Kwami's arrangement reflected her free spirited approach to design and featured organic flowers.

Kwami with instructor Deborah Moyer.

West Windsor, N.J. – Continuing Studies students in Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Floral Design program were busy this summer learning the latest techniques in their field. The summer certificate program offered through MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) was presented in four accelerated workshops so that participants could earn their certificate by summer’s end.

Danielle Kwami, of Ewing, was the first to present her final design and portfolio and earn her certificate. The very next day, she was off to Hawaii with her certificate in hand.
Kwami began her floral career working for area flower shops. As her love of flowers grew, she realized that further training and a certificate in Floral Design would lead to a better position and salary.

She says that finding a hands-on floral design program was a challenge and she was delighted when she learned that Mercer offered one. The program is taught by floral designer and instructor Deborah Moyer, a former flower shop owner who is now a freelance designer throughout the Greater Philadelphia.

Kwami recalls that the MCCC program was a good fit right from the first workshop in “Basic Floral Design.”

“I valued the small class size and the hands-on learning,” she said. The individualized attention was especially helpful to Kwami, who is left-hand dominant and needed to learn how to make a floral bow from a right-hand approach.

“Instructor Moyer took the time to provide me and other left-hand dominant students with solid fundamentals in bow-making from our perspective,” she said.

Throughout the summer, Kwami took pleasure in sharing her arrangements – with her classmates, a local yoga studio, and, in an especially generous gesture, with a bride in need of the right bouquet for her big day.

Kwami recalled meeting the bride’s friend while waiting for a flight at a local airport. “When the woman described the type of bouquet the bride was looking for, I showed her photos of the design I created in my ‘Cascading Bouquets’ workshop. Days later, I met the woman after class to give her a cascading bouquet for the bride,” Kwami said.

Moyer is excited when she hears stories like this. She strives to make the classes both practical and fun, while providing high end flower selections and materials at a reasonable price.

“This gives students the chance to learn a wide variety of design techniques instead of just typical ‘roundy moundy’ designs,” Moyer said. She points to techniques such as Pavé and Armature that are now standard in the industry but not as widely taught.

Kwami, for one, hopes to turn her summer experience into work opportunities at a floral shop during her stay in Hawaii. She is also hoping to add to her resume by learning to make traditional Hawaiian leis.

This fall’s Floral Design certificate program begins on Sept. 5 with “Basic Floral Design” from 6 to 9 p.m. Other evening workshops include “Armature Based Floral Design” on Oct. 17, “Corsages, Boutonnieres and Hair Floral Designs” on Oct. 31, and “Pavé Designs” on Nov. 28.

Classes are held in the greenhouse on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. To learn more about the workshops and certificate program, call 609-570-3311 or visit the website here.

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