Slots still remain for the Fall 2013 Semester for the Kaskaskia College Horticulture Program. The program offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree as well as a one-year Certificate Program.
Horticulture incorporates many diverse disciplines, ranging from greenhouse management to landscape design and maintenance to floral arranging and more. Professor Jennifer Heinzmann feels that the program offers many aspects of horticulture field.
The job outlook is good for graduates with degrees and certificates in Horticulture. According to Heinzmann, the outlook is for above average job growth in most areas of Horticulture. One area she is especially excited about is Landscape Design. “We are using software now that allows a designer to take a photograph of an existing landscape, remove unwanted aspects, add plantings and architectural elements, and give clients a tangible way of seeing how a proposed design will look before work begins. In a slow economy, such as we are currently experiencing, this allows property managers and home-sellers to enhance the curb appeal of their properties, giving prospective buyers a great first impression.” Aside from the business aspect, landscape design has another attraction, according to Heinzmann. “Well designed landscapes can not only be beautiful, but calming as well. Helping people create a peaceful place is so rewarding,” she said, “it makes the hard work worthwhile.”
Recent Horticulture Program graduate Linda Duncan of Carlyle says, “The Horticulture Program was a great learning experience and as a non-traditional student I felt accepted and challenged! The various classes in the Horticulture program were interesting and fun. I've always had a passion for growing plants and gardening and after completing the Horticulture program I now have the education to excel in it!”
The Horticulture program is not just for certificate or degree seekers. Many students who are enrolled in other programs find Horticulture classes to be a rewarding elective. These students take individual classes in areas that interest them, learning home gardening, how to propagate bedding plants, creating floral arrangements, etc.
For more information on the KC Horticulture program or how to enroll, contact Professor Heinzmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 545-3383.