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Horticulture Technician

31-001-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 30 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.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Occupational Specific (30 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Horticulture Soils
10-001-112
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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 Management
10-001-130
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Studies the overall basics of turf applications including soils, lawn installation, Wisconsin grasses, Integrated Pest Management and maintenance.
Survey of Herbaceous Plants
10-001-159
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
3Credit
108
54
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
3Credit
90
72
90 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Focuses on the landscape design process through the understanding of concepts such as outdoor room, design principles, site function and form composition. The course also includes drafting, site analysis and graphics.
Introduction to Horticulture
10-001-111
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management
10-001-113
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Landscape Estimating and Technical Reports
10-001-145
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Uses a practical approach for training students to develop estimates, proposals, written communications and technical reports specific to the landscape and horticulture industry.
Woody Ornamental Plant ID
10-001-158
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Interiorscaping
10-001-122
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Studies the identification, characteristics, and physical requirements of interior plants.

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