A Workforce Development Opportunity!
All classes are open to the public. Horticulture classes through Workforce Development are non-credit. You will receive a certificate of completion for the non-credit course if you attend at least 85% of all sessions of the course and earn a grade of at least 70%.
If you would like to turn your certificates of completion into credit, towards a Horticulture certificate or AAS degree; up to 7 credits may be awarded through the NCCC Credit for Prior Learning Process. More information on the requirements can be provided by the Horticulture program coordinator.
Teaching modality may change due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
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Community Education Classes Spring 2022
(Dates To Be Announced)
Plant Protection (Insects, Diseases, Weeds, IPM)
Designed to develop skills for diagnostic problem identification and understanding of potential prevention and treatment options. This course covers the identification of various environmental, nutrient, and insect, disease, and weed pest issues as well as cultural, non-chemical, organic, and synthetic chemical pest management options. Emphasis is placed on integrated pest management, label comprehension, safety, environmental factors, pesticides, equipment, application techniques, and laws and regulations.
Study of selected perennials, annuals, bulbs, edibles, and ornamental grasses used in the landscape industry. Emphasis is on identification characteristics, horticultural uses, cultural requirements, site assessment, and design attributes. Includes maintenance needs, insect and disease concerns, invasive plants, and native plants.
Covers the selection, installation, and maintenance of residential and specialized sport and golf turf. The management of turf under diverse usage conditions and needs including methods for reducing management cost, improving quality, species selection, maintaining healthy plants, installation and establishment options, irrigation, identifying pests, and options for pest control will be covered. Current best practices for sustainable turf management and integrated pest management will be covered throughout the course. Lawn alternatives are discussed.
Interior Plantscapes and Tropicals
Identification, culture, and use of plants in interior settings. Topics include the design, selection, installation, management, and maintenance of plantings within buildings and the effects of interior plants on people ad the indoor environment. Lighting, soils, fertilizers, tools and equipment, terrariums, dish gardens, bonsai, history of interior plantscaping, and specialty interior plant uses for locations such as convention centers, malls and casinos are also covered.
Spring 2022 Community Education
(Dates To Be Announced)
The Biology of Cannabis
A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of cannabis. This course introduces students to the unique features of cannabis biology including: species evolution and taxonomy, morphology and floral traits, cannabinoids, terpenes, tropisms, plant genetics, and breeding. Topics will be presented to increase awareness of the role external environmental factors play in producing internal responses in cannabis.
Cannabis Pest Management
Designed to develop the student’s skills for biotic and abiotic diagnostic problem identification and understanding of potential prevention and treatment options in the cannabis industry. This course covers the identification of various environmental, nutrient, and insect, disease, and weed pest issues as well as cultural, non-chemical, organic, biological controls, and synthetic chemical pest management options and how they impact quality control issues. Emphasis is placed on sustainable, best management practices.