Learn to Become a Horticulturalist

Those interested in green living and growing their own food or making their yard a prettier and more productive place would do well to visit North Central Texas College (NCTC), which is embracing these practices and has developed two new degree plans to meet the needs of today’s green industry. Horticulturalist.

“There is no denying that we all need to take steps to reduce our environmental impacts,” says Ashley Hartman, coordinator of the NCTC Horticulture Program. “So many of us want to know where our food is coming from and what goes into its production. Although many people want to grow their own foods and plant sustainable, low-water landscapes, they don’t know where to begin. The horticulture field addresses all of these concerns, and for that reason, it’s an exciting time to be a horticulturalist.”

NCTC has introduced two new horticulture degree plans: Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape Design. They address ways to implement sustainable, productive landscapes, grow food crops,  encourage biodiversity in the garden and nurture healthy, vigorous plants without using harsh chemicals. Additionally, the school offers Horticulture Management Certification, a well-rounded degree plan including classes in horticulture science, greenhouse management, floral design, naturalistic horticulture and others.

“Our classes are offered in a fun, friendly atmosphere; they are very hands-on and attract folks of all ages and walks of life, not only those who want to start their own horticulture businesses, but also those who just want to expand their knowledge in the area,” Hartman says.

Registration for day and evening spring classes is ongoing and closes January 11, 2014. Most classes are taught on the Corinth and Gainesville campuses. For those needing financial assistance, scholarships are available.

For more information on classes and schedules, contact Ashley Hartman at 940-668-7731 ext. 4488 or at ahartman@nctc.edu, or visit NCTC.edu/Horticulture.


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