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Horticulture Technology (A15240)

The Horticulture technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses. The program focuses on the general production and management of cultivated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and/or the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination. Students enrolling in this program must purchase student accident insurance.

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Horticulture Technology Diploma (D15240)

The Horticulture technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses. The program focuses on the general production and management of cultivated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and/or the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination. Students enrolling in this program must purchase student accident insurance.

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General Horticultural Certificate (C15240GH)

This certificate program is designed to provide individuals with entry-level competencies in general horticultural practices, plant nomenclature and soil science. Upon successful completion, graduates should be able to qualify for entry level employment opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Students can complete additional certificates. Courses within these certificates may be applied toward an Associate in Degree Horticulture Technology.

Horticultural Crop Production Certificate (C15240A)

This certificate program is designed to provide individuals with entry-level competencies in the understanding of selection, cultivation, and propagation of horticultural crops in outdoor and indoor controlled environment. Upon successful completion, graduates should be able to qualify for entry level employment opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Students can complete additional certificates. Courses within these certificates may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Horticulture Technology.

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Please complete the following four steps to complete the admissions process.


Step 1: Complete an RCC Application for Admission.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to enter RCC’s school code: 002958.


Step 3: Request an OFFICIAL transcript from your high school/GED and all colleges attended. You may bring sealed copies of your transcripts to us, or institutions can send transcripts directly to RCC’s Admissions Office.


Step 4: Come by our office in person to speak with an admissions counselor who will discuss your program of study and placement test requirements

See the RCC Catalog for more information.