Horticultural Technology - NEW
The Horticultural Technology program is designed to introduce students to the art and science of horticulture and landscape design in preparation for a wide range of entry-level positions in the green industry and college studies at Farmingdale State College.
The green industry features career options that include the design, installation and maintenance of public and private gardens, recreational facilities, parks, and residential properties. There are additional career tracks such as growers, retailers, installers, and designers that serve this industry. The Horticultural Technology program allows students to acquire knowledge and proficiency with core horticulture and design concepts, experience with various phases of horticulture operations, and familiarity with business procedures and practices.
Students Will Learn:
- In year one, students will gain an appreciation for the industry and its major areas of development through interaction with partners in the industry. Students will be provided with the basis for an assessment of future career opportunities and an evaluation of their individual needs.
- Instruction, orientation and field experience in the various phases of horticulture will be conducted during this first year. Tools, techniques, underlying concepts, and standards of workmanship are covered.
During year one, a study of drafting techniques in landscape design will be undertaken to develop proficiencies in lettering, landscape drafting, and layout using professional tools and instruments
In year two, students will receive instruction in basic, universal computer concepts and terminology such as fundamentals of the Windows operating system and interactive experience at the beginning to intermediate level with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Internet will be used to supplement course content.
Second-year students will also explore soils and their geologic formation and properties. Special attention is given to the focused manipulation of soils to achieve optimum plant performance in landscape situations. Investigative, hands-on laboratory exercises will develop an appreciation for soil as a dynamic living system with broad implications for agriculture and general society.
Career OpportunitiesGraduates will be prepared for entry-level work as:
- Garden/landscape designer
- Garden/landscape technician
- Garden/landscape consultant
- Garden/landscape inspector
- Garden/landscape installation contractor
- Garden/landscape maintenance proprietor
- Garden/landscape construction supervisor
- Garden/landscape planting supervisor
- Nursery/garden center grower, sales associate/manager
Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:
- Farmingdale State College (SUNY) (Dual Enrollment)
Course available: Grades 11-12
Course length: 2 years
Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits
0.5 credit Career and Financial Management