JJC offers two degrees in Horticulture: Landscape Contracting and Environmental Horticulture:
The Landscape Contracting A.A.S. degree is for students wanting to specialize in landscape design, landscape management and contracting.
The Environmental Horticulture A.A.s degree is a flexible degree allowing students to tailor their education to their interests.
Landscape Contracting A.A.S.
Graduates of the Landscape Contracting program will have involvement in constructing, establishing, and maintaining landscapes from small residential projects to large commercial and industrial projects, as well as producing plans for small-scale residential and commercial sites. Students are also educated in areas such as graphics, surveying, soils, turfgrass management, weed and pest management and in business operations. This program is accredited by the Professional Land care Network, which recognizes institutions that meet or exceed industry standards for a model curriculum.
Environmental Horticulture A.A.S. : Turfgrass Management Specialization
Graduates of the Turfgrass Management program have experience and skills in the basics of turfgrass culture and maintenance, soils, fertilizers, pests, facilities, and equipment. Turfgrass managers are involved in all aspects of the turfgrass industry, from athletic field management and golf course operations to sales of turf products and sod production.
Environmental Horticulture A.A.S. : Greenhouse Management Specialization
Graduates of the Greenhouse Management Program have experience and skills in the basics of greenhouse plant culture and maintenance, soils, fertilizers, pests, facilities, and equipment. Employment as greenhouse pot crop growers and greenhouse managers involve all areas of commercial greenhouse production, retail operation of a greenhouse, and facility propagation of nurseries.
Environmental Horticulture A.A.S.: Nursery Management Specialization
Graduates of the Nursery Management Program have experience and skills in the basics of plant propagation, nursery management, financing, marketing, plant nutrition, and pest control. Nursery managers are involved in all aspects of the nursery industry, from container production to field production, as well as wholesale and retail sales.
Environmental Horticulture A.A.S. : Floral Design and Interior Plantscape Management Specialization
Graduates of the Floral Design/Interior Plantscaping Program have experience and skills in basic floral design; wedding, sympathy, party design, and creative floral design, as well as basics of plant care and maintenance, soils, fertilizers, pests, and interior landscape design. Jobs are available in all areas of retail flower shop operations, wholesale sales of flowers, supplies, plants, and interior plantscaping.
Environmental Horticulture A.A.S.: Urban Forestry/Arboriculture Specialization
Numerous opportunities await prospective graduates in municipal arboriculture/urban forestry, commercial and utility arboriculture, consulting, and land use management.
Partnerships developed with the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), local commercial, municipal, and consulting arborists, land managers, and other allied green industry members serve as a source for training and internships.