2 YEAR Program
Our Horticulture based curriculum Is structured to provide students with an entry-level background in plant, soil, and environmental sciences. In addition, we provide basic training in landscape and hardscape design, shop practices, greenhouse production, turf management and pesticide safety. Students will learn how to put their knowledge and skills together to create landscapes, gardens, ponds, patios, greenhouse products and more. This acquired knowledge, coupled with the mastery of many hands-on skills, prepares them for a lifelong career and passionate future in the green industry.
A Landscaping student should have:
- Good manual dexterity
- Interest in plant and soil science
- Good verbal and abstract reasoning
- Numerical ability and spacial relations
- Flexible attitude and creative spirit
Soil Science, Plant Anatomy, & Entomology
- Greenhouse Production & Tree Nursery Production
- Turf Installation & Maintenance
- Future Farmers of America
- Landscape Design & Construction
Pesticide Applicator Safety Training
Small Gas Engine Repair & Shop Practices
- Landscaping Equipment Use & Maintenance
The landscape industry covers a wide spectrum of job skills requiring a horticulture background. Job opportunities can be found in many local businesses that relate to agriculture, landscaping, greenhouse, golf course, farming, nursery production and maintenance. The green industry has many different job skills in many categories. Landscape occupations offer interesting work and the opportunity to beautify the environment as well as practice ecology and conservation. All these skills are in demand right here in our local job market
Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist Certification (P.L.N.A.)
Pennsylvania Skills Certificate
Mr. Miles Morton has worked in the Horticultural field for 38 years. After graduation from Wattsburg Area High School, he worked seven years at Johnston's Evergreen Nursery. While there, he attended Pennsylvania State University and received his Certification in Ornamental Nursery Industry, his State Pesticide License and State Nursery License. Mr. Morton continued his studies at Penn State Behrend, in Business Administration, and worked seven years at Erie Cut Flower and Supply as a Tropical Plant Wholesaler. He then owned and operated a landscape design and maintenance business from 1985 to 2000. He ran a small greenhouse, maintained a small nursery, created professional outdoor Christmas displays and drew professional landscape designs. In 2000, Mr. Morton became involved in retail and managed the Garden Center and Season Departments at Lowe's of Erie for eight years. He worked his way to Assistant Store Manager and was there until 2010.
Mr. Morton is currently attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Vocational Education.
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