1,000 students at an agricultural school in a villa with a park dating back to 1700

“Cecchi”, close to 150 years of activity, is both technical-technological and professional; in addition to the farm of 35 ha, with cellar and greenhouses, there is also a boarding school; the mission is to be a permanent training center for the service of the territory

“Make the ‘Cecchi’ Agricultural Technical and Professional Institute of Pesaro a reference point for the territory, a place for research and educational innovation, a cultural, relational and training center for pupils, parents, teachers, school staff and full citizenship for continuing education”. A mission, the one that was put off school principal Donatella Giuliani at the height of a school which, born in 1876, is preparing to cut a century and a half of life, and which is the second stage of the new journey “Terra e Vita” among agricultural institutions spreading knowledge and professional pride in primary sector in our country.

1,000 agricultural students

The department now has about 1,000 studentswhich, together with 170 teachers and 100 non-teaching staff, including technicians, administrators, canteen and boarding school staff, farm and garden staff, shapes an active and hard-working community, involved in numerous projects, activities and initiatives that favor full integration with the local and regional reality.

Two fields of study, technical and academic

The ‘Cecchi’ has two courses of study, one technical-technological and one professional. The first is characterized by the presence of three links of diploma of agricultural expert: production and processing of products, land management and viticulture and enology. The second, services for agriculture and rural development, instead issues three qualifications – agricultural operator, improvement and marketing of agricultural products in the area, management of forest resources and mountain resources – and five-year agrotechnical diploma. A broad and articulate offer, therefore supported by many workshops and also by the presence of an agricultural business and a boarding school.

The headquarters of a manor house from 1700

Alt i historic Villa Caprile, surrounded by its monumental gardens and immersed in the green of the San Bartolo Natural Park. The old manor house is used as a presidency, offices, library; the boarding school sleeping area is located in the west wing; the east wing houses teaching rooms, laboratories and the stucco gallery, where the inclusion group’s classroom and laboratory are located. The complex is completed by a restored building that houses outdoor chemistry and analysis laboratories, meristematics and biochemical analysisof instrumental analysis, as well as a noble chapel.

A 35 hectare farm with basement and greenhouses

A short distance away is the business center, which includes the college’s canteen department, with kitchen and outbuildings, the basement, other classrooms and laboratories and a farm building. The two glass and iron greenhouses, a horticulture and a flower house, are added another, innovative and technological, carried out as part of one of the last financial projects on ‘Cecchi’. The agricultural company extends for 35 hectares of arable land, vineyards, olive groves, forests and gardensall places available for student exercises and supplementary activities.

Olive grove, vineyard and experimental orchard

Especially the existence of a vineyard, an olive grove and an experimental pereto and the next planting of sour cherry varieties, where, in collaboration with research bodies and local authorities, the adaptability of varieties, clones, rootstocks and agricultural forms to the pedoclimatic environment is assessed and verified. All technical and practical activities in the company are also aimed at outsiders for courses, projects and professional updates, in collaboration with companies and associations in the world of production.

The school’s flagship Italian garden

The pride of ‘Cecchi’ is the beautiful Italian garden, in an excellent state of preservation with characteristics of unique in terms of architecture and beauty. For students it represents the most prestigious didactic laboratory for the care of historic greensas well as the park’s large and varied green areas, which are constantly maintained by teachers, technicians and students, often in school-work alternating activities, also as guides when visiting the park and its monumental historical path.

The boarding school and the semi-boarding school for outsiders

“The school community – emphasizes Vice Dean Chiara Fiorucci – makes continuous use of the green areas that the school is equipped with, and has the opportunity to constantly live a naturalistic and pedagogical-cultural experience together. It also includes resident students who live far away. to overcome the disadvantages of commuting they stay during the week in the structure, which is also open with the semi-boarding formula, with the children who can use, with the assistance of the pedagogical staff, study rooms, sports facilities, games room, library and video library ”.

Relationship to companies, colleges and institutions

A source of pride for “Cecchi” in Pesaro is the close relationship with the world of production companies, with colleges and professional associations and with the institutions operating in the area, topics from which it incorporates input to qualify the training offer, also through the implementation of funded projectsand which provides an ongoing stimulus for the adaptation of curricula and teaching methods.
profession. “The students – adds Professor Fiorucci – they also carry out qualified internships, summer internships and changing school-work experiences that combine the school’s educational choices, the professional needs of the business community in the area and the students’ personal training needs. Numerous agree to integrate and expand the curriculum activity other initiatives, in some cases even abroad, which constitute privileged moments of knowledge, communication and socialization. No less important are the training and in-depth courses also aimed at adults, opportunities for intergenerational growth “.

Three days of confrontation with the other agricultural institutes

And between the moments of confrontation, from 18 to 20 May, Villa Caprile will host the 19th edition of the national wine competition “Bacchus and Minerva”, with about thirty participating schools and 80 different brands produced in the cellars of Italian agricultural institutes, with attendances from Campania, Abruzzo, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Piedmont, Veneto, Basilicata, Lazio, Marche Calabria, Tuscany and Friuli Venezia Giulia represents very prestigious oenological realities.

Research and innovation to qualify the educational offer

“Qualification of the training offer, relations with the territory, improvement of ‘human capital’ and a service culture and continuous improvement through support for innovation: these are the guidelines that our company is moving towards”, emphasizes school principal Donatella Giuliani. “Workbooks that cross exhibitions, fairs, international exchanges, experiences oriented towards collaboration and teamwork and activities aimed at developing communication skills, leadership and conflict resolution. An intense and participatory research therefore to graduate young people who in addition to the didactic result we are become mature awareness and self-esteem in the technical and human field “.

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