Community College of Allegheny County Horticulture Technology Training

Posted by Margaret Lamb - On November 04, 2009 (EST)

The "green" profession of horticulture services brings an understanding of plant care and conservation to a large number of commercial enterprises. A degree can lead to a career as a landscape architect, recreational turf manager, lawn care professional, forestry officer, or other environmental specialist. The Community College of Allegheny County’s Horticulture Program offers associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in floriculture, landscape design, and landscape and turf grass management, for which workers are currently needed. The program supplements traditional classroom-based learning with practical hands-on experience in the greenhouses and display gardens. Some courses are offered as Internet based distance-learning classes that can be taken without the need for weekly trips to the campus. An advisory board, comprised of industry representatives, meets regularly to re-evaluate industry needs, the curriculum, marketing and program needs. As a result, various components of the program are currently being consolidated to provide career ladder opportunities for participants. The college hopes to offer an associate degree program with two options beginning in fall 2007.

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