Have you ever been told that you have a green thumb? Check out the Horticulture Production & Landscape program! This program is a perfect starting point if you’re looking to work in greenhouse management, nursery management, landscape design and more. You will develop skills during a 12 week internship that specialize in production and landscape areas.
The career possibilities in horticulture include:
There’s no better time than today to get started in the horticulture program! Illinois ranks in the top ten states for jobs / sales in Landscape and Horticulture production. Many opportunities to own your own business have enabled several past graduates to start their own companies after graduation. The green industry labor force is expected to grow by 13% in the next ten years.
“Looking back, Lake Land was a great transition from high school to college, as it continued on the quality education and caring atmosphere with instructors who knew their students. I believe that has always been a foundation of Lake Land and hope to continue that tradition for current and future students. I feel very fortunate to work with a hard-working group of people in the Ag Division who are sincere in expanding student knowledge and success. Students can and do use what we are teaching them in everyday life, and I think that’s really important in seeing them succeed. The connections that you make will have a great impact on your future.”
All of the horticulture courses include a laboratory component in addition to the classroom. You maintain and work in a 2,000-square-feet of greenhouses on campus. Projects include seed production, cutting propagation, tree rafting, walkway, retaining wall and other landscaping construction, tree pruning techniques, worm compost production and many others. In addition, students get hands-on experience in paid internships.
The horticulture program is designed for students who want the option of transferring to a four-year institution, particularly aligning with Illinois State University and Southern Illinois University. If you’re interested in transferring, contact your advisor as soon as possible.