Credentials You Can Earn
Students in the Horticulture program of study have the option of pursuing either a diploma or an associate degree and will choose a specialization of either General Horticulture or Landscaping.
Depending upon the students specialization choice, classes may include:
- Horticulture Science
- Pest Management
- Landscape Installation
- Plant Identification
- Greenhouse Management
- Horticulture Business Management
- Soil Science/Fertility
- Urban Landscape Issues
- ...and many more!
Those considering the Horticulture program should be aware that it is a very labor intensive field and involves certain physical demands. In addition, due to the nature of the work environment students may be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures, rain, wind and even high noise. There will be occupational exposures and risks from the use of pesticides and exposure to biting and stinging insects. Also, students will be asked to operate and work in the vicinity of large and small power equipment such as skid steer loaders (Bobcat), backhoes, mowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, and others.
The Horticulture degree program prepares students for careers in environmental horticulture. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skills. Graduates of the program receive a Horticulture Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The Horticulture diploma program prepares students for careers in environmental horticulture. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skills. Program graduates receive a Horticulture Diploma.
The Horticulture program may accept Life Work projects on a very limited basis. Please consult with the instructor on a particular project that may be appropriate for Live Work.
Graduates may take positions with:
- Greenhouse and growing production companies
- Retail or wholesale garden centers and nurseries
- Land or property management companies
- Green Industry or sustainability companies
Students who complete the Horticulture program may take posistions and perform responsibilities such as:
- Landscape design
- Landscape project management
- Cost estimating
- Property management maintenance
Meet the Faculty
Craig Thurmond's extensive background is founded on a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia, and expanded to international projects such as Disney’s Westside and Animal Kingdom, Augusta National Golf Club, Atlantis Casino and Resort in the Bahamas, Isla San Jose in Panama, Sans Souchi in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, and Sandals Porto Saupie Resort in Bahia, Brazil. He joined the college first as an adjunct professor in 2009, then became full-time in 2011. Mr. Thurmond is committed to exposing students to professional opportunities including international competitions such as PLANET and also collaborations with local organizationas for landscape design, planning, and installaion. Contact: email@example.com.