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Workforce Development

2023 Horticulture Classes

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.  Seating is limited.

Plant Protection (Insects, Diseases, Weeds, IPM)   Jan. 17 – April 5th
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. NYS DEC approval pending for this class as a 30-Hour Training Course for Core and
Categories 3A, 3B, 3C .

Instructor: Tom Mitchell
Fee: $200
Days/Times:  Wed. & Fri. 2:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: NCCC Main Campus Room C-161

Landscape Design II  Jan. 17 – May 12th
This course represents the second semester of a two-semester study of landscape design. The student will work through a rigorous series of residential and commercial projects to improve their design skillsand develop a portfolio. Class focuses on form and spatial composition, planting design and applications of design principles and elements. Computerized landscape design software (Dynascape) is taught. Time,
materials and labor cost estimations, presentations skills and peer critiques will be included.

Instructor: Sarah Chapman
Fee: $100
Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays  8:15 – 10:50 a.m.
Location:  Nccc Main Campus Room C-226

Herbaceous Plants Jan. 17 – April 5th
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.

Instructor: Vicki Jancef
Fee: $100
Days/Times:  Tues. & Thurs. 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. Room E-142 and Fridays 11:00 am – 1:30 p.m. Room B-114
Location:   NCCC Main Campus see above

Interior Plantscapes and Tropicals  Jan. 17 – April 5th    
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 and 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.

Instructor: Brad White
Fee: $100
Days/Times:  Mondays 11:00 am – 4:15 p.m.
Location:  NCCC Main Campus Room C-233

Fruit & Vegetable Production Jan. 17 – April 5th
This course focuses on the production, handling, and marketing of fruits and vegetables for local markets.
Topics include site selection and preparation, seeding, transplanting, irrigation, weed and pest control,
harvesting, and packaging. Emphasis is placed on sustainable agricultural practices. Students will also
learn about farm business management. Community supported agriculture, urban farming
considerations, high tunnel production, vertical farming, organic and other certifications will be

Instructor: Vicki Jancef
Fee: $100
Days/Times: Tues. & Thurs. 11:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: NCCC Main Campus Room C-136

Introduction to Soil Science Jan. 17 – April 5th
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of soil science: their
origin; nature and constitution; and their chemical, physical, and biological properties. Soils are explored
in relation to their importance to the environment and to their uses for plant growth management.
Emphasis will be placed on what constitutes soil and how it operates within the overall bioshpere. Labs
focus on methods of scientific inquiry in the soil sciences and on learning practical skills for assessing and
managing soils.

Instructor:  Carolyn Stanko
Fee: $100
Option 1:  Wed. 10:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Option 2:  Wed. 12:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Main Campus Room C203

*  For more information email:  Carolyn Stanko, Program Coordinator:

** For information on registration and payment visit:

***Fall 2023 Classes: Landscape Design I, Woody Plant Materials, Greenhouse Management, Floral Design, Art & History of
Horticulture, Plant Biology, Landscape Installation & Maintenance



Carolyn Stanko
Horticulture Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6423
Location: C-249