Workforce Development

Horticulture Classes – August 29 to December 16, 2022

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.


NEW: Culinary Cannabis and Edibles (Hybrid)

This course includes an important introduction to the legal, financial, and societal issues surrounding the culinary cannabis industry. Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption for adults and medical patients. Additionally, this course will explore the history of cannabis, plant anatomy, concentrates and extracts, the human endocannabinoid system, cannabis terpenes, culinary cannabis industry math, cannabis shopping/storage/cooking, and careers available in the industry. This course is specifically designed to prepare students for the American Culinary Federation Specialization Certificate in Culinary Cannabis and Edibles Exam.

Instructor: Nathan Koscielski
Fee: $250
Option 1: Hybrid Mondays 3:00 – 5:00pm

NEW: Medical Applications of Cannabis

Students will learn clinical applications of medical cannabis in the treatment of patients. The course covers topics such as the endocannabinoid system, cannabis pharmacology, product formulation, and dosing.
Students will learn about the potential for drug interactions, adverse events, how to address concurrent opioid use, as well as palliative care considerations for pain management.

Instructor: Melissa Moore
Fee: $250
Option 1: On Campus Fridays 1:00—3:50 Room C228
Option 2: Asynchronous Web-Based Lecture

The Business of Cannabis

This course includes an important introduction to the legal, financial, and societal issues
surrounding medicinal, recreational, and industrial cannabis and the cannabis industry.
Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and
consumption for adults and medical patients. Additionally, this course will explore the
history of cannabis, industry trends, careers available in the industry, business types,
sales and customer service skills, security, and information on strains, products,
consumption methods, budtending, and cannabis culture.

Instructor: Melissa Moore
Fee: $250
Option 1: On Campus Tuesdays 11:00—1:50 Room B207
Option 2: Asynchronous Web-Based Lecture

Cannabis Production

Learn the science behind the cultivation, propagation, and production of cannabis,
including industrial hemp and various strains of marijuana. This course will provide
students with the latest research and best management practices for the indoor and
outdoor commercial production of cannabis species including methods of propagation,
lighting, irrigation, media, equipment, fertility, harvesting, drying, and curing.
Information on hydroponics and organic options will be included.

Instructor: Melissa Moore Fee:
Fee:  $250
Option 1: On Campus Wednesdays 11:00—2:35 Room B217
Option 2: Asynchronous Web-Based Lecture


Floral Design I

Hands-on course focusing on the principles of design illustrated through the use of floral materials; floral
design elements and techniques including color, form, line and texture; and the history and utilization of
floral art in society. Design projects and critiques are conducted to build the student’s sense of aesthetics
and technical skills.
Days/Times:  Mondays 6-7:50 pm and Tuesdays 6-8:50pm
Fee: $200
Location: Main Campus Room C203

Landscape Design I

The student will experience the process for residential design by working through the design process
steps from site analysis through final design presentation. Class focuses on developing the students’ site
assessment skills, drawing technique, and visual communication of landscape designs on paper.
Landscape design principles, elements, and graphics standards are emphasized. Field trips to landscape
sites will be held during class hours. Students will be given a list of required textbooks and drawing
supplies to obtain on the first day of class.
Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 – 10:50am
Fee: $100
Location:  Main Campus Room C226

Landscape Installation & Maintenance

A hands-on course demonstrating the techniques for installing and maintaining trees, shrubs, and
herbaceous plants in the landscape. Course includes the use and operation of landscape hand tools and
power equipment such as skid steers, tillers, and chainsaws, and basic construction techniques in a
variety of landscape environments. Emphasis is placed on current industry practices and the latest
research. Hardscaping, water features, and irrigation are also covered.
Days/Times: Mondays 8:00 – 9:50am and Wednesdays 8:00 – 10:50am
Fee: $100
Location: Main Campus Room C225

Greenhouse Management

This is a practical course introducing the principles of commercial greenhouse management. Topics
covered include location, construction, efficient operating and management practices, soil/media,
watering systems, lighting, climate control, pest and nutritional issues, and new greenhouse technology
and business management practices. An introduction to hydroponics production will be included. Some
classes will be spent working on projects in the campus greenhouse. Field trips to commercial businesses
will be held during class hours.
Option 1: Thursdays 11:00 – 1:50pm Fee: $100 Location:  Room C228  or:
Option 2: Thursdays 2:35 – 5:20pm Fee: $100 Location: Room C233

Art & History of Horticulture

This is a two-faceted course that first introduces students to the artistic elements and concepts used
within horticulture and landscape design as well as reviewing the part horticulture and landscape design
has played in history. An introduction to major historical designers and their contributions to society is
included. This course will provide insight into the artistic use of color, form, scale, texture, light, dark, and
season in horticulture and give the student an opportunity to observe the use of these elements within
artwork and designs created by historically significant designers in art, the outdoor landscape, and other
horticultural media.
Days/Times: Tuesdays 2:00– 4:50pm
Fee: $100
Location: Main Campus Room C225

Introduction to Plant Biology

A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of plants. This course introduces students to the basics of
plant biology: cell types, tissues and tissue systems, reproduction and development, mechanisms of
photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration, plant nutrition, hormone effects and growth regulation.
Topics will be presented to increase awareness of the role external environmental factors play in
producing internal responses in plants. Brief introductions to plant genetics and the evolution and
taxonomy of vascular plants are also included.
Lecture is asynchronous online.
Option 1: Lab on Campus: Mondays 11:00 – 1:50pm  Fee: $100 Location: Room C203  or:
Option 2: Lab on Campus: Mondays 2:00 – 4:50pm  Fee: $100 Location: Room C203

Woody Plant Materials

Study of selected deciduous and evergreen woody trees, shrubs and vines used in the landscape industry.
Emphasis is on identification characteristics, horticultural uses, cultural requirements, site assessment
and design attributes. Includes the latest variety and cultivar options, insect and disease concerns,
invasive plants and native plants. Required campus walks and field trips to local arboreta, botanical
gardens and noteworthy woody plant installations will be held during class hours.
Days/Times: Fridays 8:00 – 12:50pm
Fee: $100
Location: Main Campus Room E140



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