Horticulture, A.A.S.


Horticulturists understand how plants grow and how to identify, propagate, install, and maintain different types of plants including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials and bedding plants. They also focus on environmental and pest problems associated with plants and the landscape. The NCCC Horticulture Associate of Applied Science degree is geared to help both the novice and the more experienced “plant person” gain the education and training necessary to obtain employment or advance their career in the industry. The field of horticulture is rapidly expanding and offers numerous career opportunities both locally and nationally.

Coursework is based on real-world projects similar to those professionals encounter in the industry. With both theory and practical hands-on experience, students are introduced to the techniques and processes of the industry using professional tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed upon sustainable horticulture with current research and best management practices integrated into the curriculum. Field trips, externships, and collaborative activities with trade associations provide students with educational and networking opportunities with local industry-leading businesses. Graduates are also fully prepared for the Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional exam and can earn the NYS 30-Hour DEC Pesticide Applicator Training Certificate.

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Program Goals and Objectives
  • To ensure students fulfill at least 4 SUNY general education categories.
  • To provide students with an education in the principles of horticulture that will prepare them for employment in the industry.

Alumni Spotlight

Bonnie Guckin ‘11

I loved the small class sizes and getting to know my future colleagues. I chose Niagara County Community College (NCCC) because it was close to home and I could take classes at night, as I was employed full time when I began the program. I took the Introduction to Horticulture course just for fun, but the following semester enrolled in the program full time. Also, as a military veteran, I highly recommend the Veteran Services office on campus; NCCC is truly veteran friendly! Expose yourself to all aspects of horticulture, not just what you think the “cool job” will be. The broader your base knowledge, the more future opportunities for career growth! I went in set towards one concentration, but then took my advisor’s counsel and attended floral design- it was a surprising delight! Ten years later, I work with many program alumni in the green industry! I own a gardening service, manage photography, social media, and website for a local arboretum, and teach a class in the NCCC Horticulture, A.A.S. program!

Bonnie Guckin

Program Contact

Carolyn A. Stanko, CNLP
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6423
Email: cstanko@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: C-249
Division Office: 716-614-6410

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