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Horticulture Technology

Program Length

Two Semesters
Three Semesters
Four Semesters

Degree(s) Offered

Certificate
Associate in Applied Science

Horticulture Technology prepares individuals to produce, process, and market plants,  shrubs, and trees used principally for ornamental, recreational and aesthetic purposes. Students learn to establish, maintain and manage horticultural enterprises such as arboriculture, the study of trees; floriculture, the study of flowering plants; greenhouse operation; landscape design and management; nursery operation; and turf management.

The purpose of the Horticulture Technology program is to meet the needs of the  industry on all levels of training and skills. This applies to persons entering school directly from a secondary program or re-entering for specific training and/or license certification. Successful completion of 32 credit hours entitles a student to receive a career certificate in Horticulture; completion of 47 credit hours entitles a student to receive a technical certificate in Horticulture; completion of the full 62-semester hour curriculum results in the student receiving an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Federal Register 75 FR 66832 Program Integrity Issues requires all colleges to disclose information on non-degree certificate programs that are at least one year in length and that are eligible for Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid (Gainful Employment Programs). To know more, view the programs and required information on each of these programs.

Career Opportunities Include

Floral Designer and Manager
Nursery Production
Greenhouse Management
Grounds Maintenance
Landscape Design, Maintenance & Construction
Interior Design and Maintenance

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Curriculum

How to Enroll

  • Step 1 - Complete a Jones Admissions Application. Applications can be completed online or mailed to: Jones County Junior College, Admissions Office, 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437. 
  • Step 2 - Send an official copy of the final high school transcript, previous college transcript, and/or GED scores to the Jones Admissions Office.
  • Step 3 - Submit ACT/SAT scores to the Jones Admissions Office.

Wendy Wilkerson
Instructor
Agriculture Building Room 117
Email:wendy.wilkerson@jcjc.edu 
(601) 477-4172

HLT 1113 – Plant Materials I
A survey of common ornamental plants used in landscaping including deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and annuals and perennials, this course includes instruction in basic classification and identification procedures and in the identifying characteristics, maintenance, and use of the plants in a horticultural setting. This course is designed to be offered in the fall semester. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 1123 – Plant Materials II
A continuation of Plant Materials I with an emphasis on foliage and interior and flowering plants. This course is designed to be taught in the spring semester. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 1213 – Applied Principles of Plant Propagation
A course which develops expertise and knowledge in the advanced asexual and sexual methods of plant reproduction. This includes separation and division, grafting, and layering. Includes an introduction to tissue culture methods. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 1313 – Greenhouse and Nursery Production I
A course which develops skills and expertise in the selection, equipping and management of a greenhouse facility. Emphasis is placed on different media, supplies, and chemicals used in greenhouses and on the scheduling and production of greenhouse crops. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 1411, 1421, 1431, 1441 – Leadership Management
This course develops an awareness of interpersonal skills essential for job success. Topics include self-image, team building, leadership skills, time and stress management, and human resources management. One semester credit hour: two hours lab.

HLT 1513– Landscape Design I
An introduction to the concepts, principles and elements of landscape design. Included is instruction and practice in the use of drawing instruments and supplies and in conducting a site analysis. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 1614 - Landscape Equipment Operation and Maintenance
This course provides instruction and practice in the safe and proper operation and maintenance of landscape and turf equipment. Four semester credit hours: Two hour lecture and four hour lab.

HLT 2113 – Turfgrass Management
This course provides instruction and practice in the identification, selection, installation, and management/maintenance of turfgrass. Three semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

HLT 2124 – Landscape Maintenance and Weed Control
This course provides instruction and practice in the maintenance of trees, shrubs, and other greenscape features. Also includes instruction in the use of herbicides and other weed control measures. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 2323 – Greenhouse and Nursery Production II
A continuation of Greenhouse and Nursery Production I with an emphasis on production practices associated with fertilization, pest control, environment control, and marketing. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 2413 – Floral Design
A course to develop knowledge and skills associated with retail floristry. Includes instruction in preparing arrangements with fresh and dried materials, seasonal pieces, funeral sprays, and the use of floral wire services. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 2423 – Advanced Floral Design
A course designed to continue to build techniques from floral design. This course will include instruction on developing business skills needed in everyday speciality designs used in floral industry. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 2713 – Landscape Construction
A course which provides instruction and practice on the installation of a landscape plan to include site preparation, installation of site amenities, bed preparation and planting, and shrub and tree planting. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

HLT 2813 – Ornamental and Turf Pest Management
Provides instruction and practice in the identification and control of ornamental turf pests and diseases. This course includes instruction in pest identification, pesticide use and safety, and legal aspects of pest control. Three semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

HLT 2824 – Irrigation and Lighting Systems
A course designed to investigate the types of irrigation and lighting systems. Discussion will include the installation and maintenance of these systems. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.