Carolyn A. Stanko, CNLP
Horticulturists understand how plants grow and how to identify, propagate, install, and maintain different types of plants including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials and bedding plants. They also focus on environmental and pest problems associated with plants and the landscape. The NCCC Horticulture Associate of Applied Science degree is geared to help both the novice and the more experienced "plant person" gain the education and training necessary to obtain employment or advance their career in the industry. The field of horticulture is rapidly expanding and offers numerous career opportunities both locally and nationally.
Coursework is based on real-world projects similar to those professionals encounter in the industry. With both theory and practical hands-on experience, students are introduced to the techniques and processes of the industry using professional tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed upon sustainable horticulture with current research and best management practices integrated into the curriculum. Field trips, externships, and collaborative activities with trade associations provide students with educational and networking opportunities with local industry-leading businesses. Graduates are also fully prepared for the Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional exam and can earn the NYS 30-Hour DEC Pesticide Applicator Training Certificate.
Program Goals and Objectives
- To provide students with an education in the principles of horticulture that will prepare them for employment in the industry.
- To ensure students fulfill at least 4 SUNY general education categories.
Every year in March, the NCCC Horticulture program participates in Plant WNY's Plantasia event held at the Hamburg fairgrounds. Many businesses work together to transform the building into a gorgeous landscape filled with trees, shrubs, and flowers. Students staff the garden space and a booth to help answer gardening questions and promote our program. Our instructors also volunteer to provide seminars to the public on a variety of gardening topics. Plant WNY and the Western New York Nurserymen's Foundation support the NCCC Horticulture program through scholarships and funding for events and equipment.