Lincoln Land Community College is pleased to offer updated curriculum for its Associate in Applied Science degree in Horticulture and Certificate of Completion in Landscape Design/Turf Management, made possible through funding from the TAACCCT (U.S. Department of Labor) grant program. The associate degree provides students the option to specialize in Turf Management or Landscape Design. The updated programming offers classroom and hands-on training in turf establishment and care, pest identification and control, landscape installation, plant identification and residential landscape design, and now landscape lake management.
Four existing courses in the Horticulture degree were improved to reflect advances in nutrient management. Within the Turf Management specialization, three new courses in landscape lake management have been added. Also included in the new curriculum for the Turf Management specialization are the best of turfgrass management practices, which optimize nutrient inputs, protect the site environment, adhere to state application regulations, and maintain turfgrass quality and performance.
“We are very excited about these program changes, and see these valuable improvements as reflected across current industry standards,” said David Bowman, Workforce Program Development Coordinator. “In addition to the more efficient use of turfgrass fertilizers and sediment protection, added course work in proper landscape lake and fountain maintenance is a more comprehensive reflection of total landscape maintenance professionalism.”
Graduates of this program find work at landscape nurseries, golf courses, sod farms, large institutional grounds, and as landscape professionals and entrepreneurs.
Registration for spring 2017 classes is now open. Classes begin Jan. 7. For more information, contact Business and Technologies at 217.786.2381 or 217.786.2406.