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PCC to Offer Horticulture Starting Spring '13

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division will launch a new program next year for students interested in pursuing horticultural careers.

Starting with the spring semester in January, PCC will offer a Horticulture Technology curriculum that prepares graduates for work in settings that involve cultivating plants to improve human life, including nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers, landscaping operations and governmental agencies.

Angela Campbell, who has worked with PCC’s greenhouse program for compensatory education students the past eight years (including the past two as coordinator), has been chosen to oversee the new curriculum. She will be assisted by Jerry Pittman, who joined the greenhouse program two years ago after serving as coordinator of Carteret Community College’s horticulture program for 10 years.

“Jerry and I are very excited about the addition of a new associate degree horticulture program at Pitt Community College,” Campbell said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to train and prepare students for various careers in the ‘green’ industry.”

Campbell said coursework will focus on plant science and materials, landscape practices, pest management, fertilizers, soils, nursery production, and horticultural business practices. She said students must complete 69 credit hours in order to receive an associate degree from the program.

In preparation for the new horticulture offering, PCC will build a greenhouse on campus along Eddie Smith Street, in an area behind the A.B. Whitley Building that once featured tennis courts.

With the establishment of a new horticulture curriculum, Campbell says PCC will phase out its compensatory education greenhouse program, which was located on County Home Road in Greenville. She explained that budget cuts pertaining to mental health programs led to decreased enrollment in the greenhouse program.