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Horticulture Technician

31-001-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 35 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you yearn to grow things and enjoy working with your hands, this could be a good career choice for you. Gain the knowledge and skills to enter the field of horticulture and landscaping. You will learn to identify plants, design landscapes, manage pests and nurture plants. The program also includes planting and pruning, soils and fertilizers, turf management, equipment maintenance and operations, and business operations. You will be able to create and maintain beautiful environments for businesses and home owners.

COURSE LIST

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (28 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Introduction to Horticulture
10-001-111
3
Provides an overview of the horticulture profession, including its role and importance throughout history. Current trends and career opportunities will be covered. Particular attention is given to horticulture crops, plant classification, their use, and the interrelationships between the environment, plant growth and plant development.
Horticulture Soils
10-001-112
3
Explores the properties of soils and applies them to horticultural uses as a growing medium and as an engineering base for landscaping.
Equipment Operation, Horticulture
10-001-117
2
Teaches students how to operate a variety of landscape equipment. Hands-on training will require the students to acquire an understanding of the safe operation of equipment. Focus will be on pre-operation, operation, and post-operation procedures and skills.
Turf Mgmt & Irrigation Systems
10-001-130
2
Studies the overall basics of lawn (turf) applications including soils, grading, Wisconsin grasses and maintenance. Students will develop an understanding of the design, operation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
Survey of Herbaceous Plants
10-001-159
3
Studies commonly used annual, bulb and perennial herbaceous plants, with an emphasis on their use in the landscape, culture and care.
Landscape Plants, Maintenance of
10-001-170
3
Studies the maintenance and care of woody plants, including evergreens, vines, garden flowers, bulbs and nursery stock. Discusses pruning, training, fertilizing, watering, planting, physical and chemical control of plant growth, transplanting, winterizing, weed control and production.
Landscape Design 1
10-001-174
3
Focuses on developing a residential landscape plan using such outdoor room concepts as function, design principles and composition. The course also includes drafting, site analysis and graphics.
Ornamental Plant Health Care
10-001-113
3
Focuses on training to successfully pass the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam (which is proctored in this class). Additionally, students will be familiarized with chemical handling, mixing, calibration and application via field exercises.
Interiorscaping & Greenhouse Mgmt
10-001-120
3
Studies the identification, characteristics and physical requirements of interior plants. Also studies the operation of a greenhouse to include growing, soils, pest control, and basic procedures for operating and maintaining a greenhouse.
Woody Ornamental Plant ID
10-001-158
3
Explains plant classification and identification techniques. Students will utilize these techniques to properly name and identify commonly used deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Culture and care will also be discussed.

Occupational Supportive (7 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Landscape Estimating
10-001-132
2
Teaches students to estimate all costs related to landscape projects and how to manage project costing.
Horticulture Proposals & Technical Reports
10-001-160
2
Uses a practical approach to training students how to develop forms, write proposals, deliver presentations, and prepare technical reports.
Business, Introduction to
10-102-112
3
Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.
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