As a Horticultural Technology student, you will have the opportunity to:
- Enjoy our small size classroom atmosphere
- Develop hands-on skills in courses that consist of a lecture with a corresponding interactive and experiential lab
- Take coursework that is both academically and physically challenging
- Study over 200 species of plant life on the University campus
- Receive industry recognized certifications
- Develop your leadership and management skills
- Learn with faculty who have contacts throughout the horticultural community
- Gain advice from your faculty advisor who will be assigned to you for the duration of your time at the Thompson School
- Travel the area visiting horticultural facilities
- Participate in a 480 hour practical summer work experience
- Work and learn within the Thompson School Horticultural Facility and our outdoor campus grounds
Applicants to the Hort Tech program must present at least two years each of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics and sciences. One of the science courses should be biology with a lab.
Our Horticultural Technology program is uniquely situated in a 2-year school located on a 4-year land-grant University campus. This gives students the opportunities afforded by a large 4-year campus and the advantages of a small school atmosphere. Horticultural Technology has been a part of the Thompson School since its creation in 1895. The program has developed and changed as horticulture in the state has become more technology based and has shifted from food crops to a sustainable ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry.
Students who prefer to be generalists in Horticultural Technology may opt for the Ornamental Horticulture concentration, while students who are interested in some aspect of landscaping will want to choose the Landscape Operations concentration.