Do you love working with your hands? Have you ever been fascinated with how plants grow or wondered how to establish a well maintained, manicured lawn or landscape? Then a career in horticulture might be right for you!
Pitt Community College's Horticulture Technology program will give students the necessary tools necessary to be successful in the Green industry, one of North Carolina's largest industries. The Horticulture Technology program is a two-year Associate degree program that, aside from classroom instruction, will provide students the opportunity to succeed in their career goals. With instructional support, students will gain hands-on experience through various live landscape projects and working in our state of the art on-campus greenhouse complex. Students will also gain retail sales experience through our Spring and Fall Plant Sales.
The Horticulture Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticulture principles and practices are included in the program of study.
Course work includes plant science, plant materials, propagation, soils, fertilizers, and pest management. Also included are courses in plant production, landscaping, and the management and operation of horticulture businesses.
Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, and governmental agencies. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator's Examination and the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.
- Landscape Maintenance firms
- Landscape Design & Installation firms
- Retail Garden Center Sales and Management
- Greenhouse and Nursery production
- Public Parks and Gardens
- Grounds Maintenance for Municipalities and Hospitals
- Wholesale Nursery Sales
- Agriculture Chemical Sales
- Government Agencies
- Golf Courses
- Self-Employment within the Green Industry
What You Will Learn...
- Plant Growth & Development
- Plant Identification
- Fundamentals of Soils & Fertility
- Landscape Principles & Practices
- Greenhouse Production & Management
- Irrigation Design & Installation
- Turfgrass Culture and Identification