What is the horticulture technology major?
Are you a creative, energetic, curious person with an appreciation for the natural world and its symbiotic relationships? If so, you should explore the possibilities of BTC’s horticulture technology major. In this major, you will establish a strong background in the plant sciences while making connections to critical environmental issues. We teach core subjects in addition to addressing labor market awareness, job readiness, communications and professional development. Take advantage of the increasing demand for trained individuals in the green jobs sector – enroll in the horticulture technology major today!
What career possibilities exist in the horticulture field?
After graduating from the horticulture technology major, you can embark on a career as a*:
- Greenhouse Manager
- Nursery Technician
- Interior Plant Technician
- Urban Farmer
- Plant Propagator
- Turf Specialist
- Spray Technician
- Irrigation Technician
- Horticultural Therapist Assistant
- Sales Representative
- Urban Forester/Arborist
Many types of companies hire our horticulture technology majors, including:
- Wholesale/Retail Floral Businesses
- Landscape Contractors
- Tree Services
- Educational entities
- Garden Centers
- Property Management Companies
- Golf Courses
- Park Systems
- Design Firms
- Governmental Agencies
What do employers expect?
Employers expect BTC’s horticulture technology graduates to:
- have a good foundation of technical skills and knowledge
- have the ability to access information in a timely and efficient manner for successful completion of assigned work
- be reliable, self-motivated, committed and hard working
- be physically fit
- be willing to work in a wide range of conditions
- be alert, work smart and keep safety in mind at all times
- have good communication skills
- be flexible and able to solve problems readily
- be open to personal as well as professional growth
*Acquisition of certain licenses, certifications and affiliations will enhance your opportunities for advancement.
How do you get the experience you need to get hired?
The time you spend on campus gives you a great mix of both theoretical knowledge and practical experiences. Our classroom and lab components are integrated with our one-acre greenhouse complex to provide a practical, professional learning environment. The externship allows you to concentrate on the particular career path most suited to your long-term employment goals. The combination of theory and practical training — along with your ability to network with industry professionals — will help make you a desirable candidate for employment in the green industry.
How is the major structured?
35 week (8 month) program
8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Externship schedule based on site requirements.
What courses do I have to take to get my diploma?
- Agriculture/Horticulture Overview
- Business Communications
- Career Exploration
- Elements of Design
- Greenhouse Management & Technology
- Pesticide Education/Integrated Pest Management
- Plant Propagation
- Professional Development
- Specialty Crops
Do you want to know more?
You are invited to attend one of our information sessions held every Monday and Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. Bidwell Training Center’s Admissions office is ready to answer any questions. Call 1-800-516-1800.