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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Horticulture Certificate (HORT-CC)

Location(s): Naugatuck Valley

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Horticulture Certificate program is designed to develop the skills and understanding needed for students to take responsible positions in grounds maintenance, tree and shrub nurseries, wholesale plant growing, landscaping, garden centers and retail greenhouses, golf courses, lawn care, and parks/recreation departments. The certificate will be awarded on completion of all courses and a cooperative work experience.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify common trees and shrubs, ground covers, various annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, and describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape, garden center and greenhouse uses; and know the cultural requirements of these plants.
  • Identify foliage plants commonly used indoors by botanical and common names, state distinguishing characteristics of each, and describe their use and culture in various indoor landscape areas.
  • Control the common weeds, insects, pests and diseases of ornamentals and turf.
  • Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  • Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  • Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  • Select appropriate techniques for the establishment and management of lawns and utility turf areas.
  • Manage the procedures used in landscape constructions and in the maintenance of small engines.
  • Design flower beds, and mixed borders; place trees and shrubs for a variety of gardens for both residential and commercial properties.
  • Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  • Demonstrate those skills, abilities and values which allow a person to function as a free and responsible citizen.
  • Apply mathematics to calculating area, volume and application rates of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Evaluate site conditions to design attractive, functional landscapes.

This Certificate is eligible for WIOA funding. The program prepares students to obtain their Home Improvement Contractor’s License and Supervisory Pesticide Applicator’s license. Additionally, graduates may go on the take the state DEEP Arboriculture Licensing Exam.