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A.A.S. Degree - Brainerd Campus

An AAS Degree in Horticulture is the gateway to a wide variety of careers in the huge and “ever growing” horticulture industry. Depending on the emphasis chosen by the graduate, Ornamental and edible plant production, Greenhouse production, Landscaping, Floriculture, Golf Course, are all occupations that are available to the Horticulture graduate.

Program Information
This two–year Associate in Applied Science degree covers the broad spectrum of the horticulture industry. Most students who receive their AAS degree in Horticulture also select one (or two) of the diploma programs of interest to them. Students may select topics from landscaping, greenhouse production, and/or floral design to meet the technical elective requirement of this program.

Selected Employers of Recent Graduates
Landsburg Landscape Nursery Grand View Lodge Golf and Tennis Club Lakeside Lawn and Landscape Scenic Specialties Gun Lake Sod

The Horticulture program is offered as a full-time day program. Because of sequencing of courses, it is best to begin this program in the fall semester. However, many students begin in the spring and successfully complete the degree.

Transfer Opportunities
Articulation agreements (often called 2+2 agreements) are currently in place with the University of Minnesota. You may attend your first two years of college at Central Lakes College and transfer your credits to further your degree in Agricultural Education or Horticulture at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campuses. An agreement with University of Minnesota Crookston also allows transfer into their Horticulture Degree program. Courses can also be transferred to many other 4-year colleges such as North Dakota State University. It is important to check with advisors about transferability to these or other colleges before your first semester to take full advantage of current agreements.

Selected Job Titles of Recent Graduates
Landscape Design and Landscape Installation Garden Center Sales Golf Course Maintenance Greenhouse Production Landscape Installation and Construction

Quotes from Students
"The Horticulture program at Central Lakes College provided me with the necessary tools of knowledge I needed to excell in my career. The hands on aspect of the program I found particularly helpful in achieving my business success." - Randy, Horticulture A.A.S. Degree Graduate, 2004 “I’m going to miss being a part of such a wonderful Horticulture ‘family’ at CLC. “ - Carrie, Horticulture A.A.S. Degree Graduate, 2005 “I am excited about my new job as a landscape designer. I could not have done it without the instructors at Central Lakes College. I really learned a lot and it was an enjoyable experience.” - Rebecca, Landscape Technology Diploma Graduate, 2004

Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities can be found in greenhouse production, landscaping, floral design, and sales, as well as horticulture therapy, interior plantscaping, and plant and flower brokering.

Career Titles
Careers available are largely dependent on your goals. It is best to discuss your goals with a counselor for proper course selection. • Landscape Designer • Landscape Salesperson • Landscape Installation Foreman • Landscape Business • Owner/Manager • Lawn Maintenance Business Owner/Manager • Ornamental Plant Pest Control • Irrigation/Sprinkler Installation • Nursery/Garden Center Sales • Wholesale Nursery Sales • Nursery Supply Sales • Floral Designer • Flower Shop Sales • Wholesale Flower Sales • Flower Broker • Flower Shop Owner/Manager • Interior Plant Rental • Interior Plant Maintenance • Free-Lance Designer • Floral Supply Representative • Greenhouse Owner/Manager • Greenhouse Foreman • Propagator • Pest Control Coordinator • Plant Sales • Plant and Supply Buyer • Greenhouse Supply Representative • Plant Consultant

Brainerd Campus Admissions Office 501 West College Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401 218.855.8037 or 800.933.0346 www.clcmn.edu

A.A.S. Degree - Brainerd Campus A.A.S. Curriculum
Course # Course Title Credits

Jeff Dirks
Jeff graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the American Floral Arts School in Chicago. He spent 3 years employed as a landscape designer and installer, followed by 10 years as owner of a landscaping/garden center/flower shop business. Jeff then went back to the University of Minnesota and received his Master’s degree in Agricultural Education. He has been teaching landscaping, greenhouse, and floral design at Central Lakes College since 1991. Hobbies include “anything outdoors,” but fishing is his favorite.

FALL SEMESTER HORT 1100 Introduction to Horticulture HORT 2140 Arboriculture Student must choose one (1) of the following: HORT 1108 Fundamentals of Floral Design HORT 1110 Advanced Floral Design HORT 2125 Special Occasion/Wedding Design Electives First Year Fall Semester Total SPRING SEMESTER HORT 1196 Spring Greenhouse Crops HORT 1180 Environmental Landscaping General Education Electives First Year Spring Semester Total 5 4

4 4 4 3 16

jdirks@clcmn.edu Office: 218.855.8078 4 3 4 5 16

Theri Wasniewski
Theri graduated from the University of Wisconsin Steven's Point with a B.S. Degree in Forestry, Urban Emphasis and a Biology Minor. She then attended Purdue University where she received her Master’s Degree in Forestry, Tree Physiology. Before joining CLC in 1992, Theri's work experience included landscape maintenance, woody plant research, and consulting. She is a certified Tree Inspector and an active International Society of Arboriculture and MN Society of Arboriculture member. Theri brings her admiration of the outdoors and gardening into all of her classroom and lab time. twasniew@clcmn.edu Office: 218.855.8080

FALL SEMESTER HORT 1113 Annuals and Perennials HORT 2112 Holiday Greenhouse Crops General Education Electives Second Year Fall Semester Total SPRING SEMESTER HORT 1118 Indoor Flowering & Foliage Plants HORT 2116 Integrated Pest Management General Education Second Year Spring Semester Total 4 5 4 3 16

4 4 8 16

*Denotes Prerequisites