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NCCCS Approves Horticulture Tech. Program

WINTERVILLE—Though slightly later than previously anticipated, Pitt Community College received authorization from the N.C. Community College System last month to begin offering a Horticulture Technology curriculum this spring.

Van Madray, dean of PCC’s Construction and Industrial Technology Division, said the college would begin offering horticultural courses in March. He added that Angela Campbell, who has spent the previous eight years overseeing PCC’s greenhouse program for compensatory education students, will serve as the program’s coordinator.

Coursework will focus on plant science and materials, landscape practices, pest management, fertilizers, soils, nursery production, and horticultural business practices. Students must complete 69 credit hours in order to receive an associate degree.

Preparations for a new 3,000-square-foot greenhouse on campus are under way. Guerry Barbee, PCC construction project manager, said the facility would be built along Eddie Smith Street, in an area behind the A.B. Whitley Building that once featured tennis courts.

Barbee said the college is hoping to have the campus greenhouse ready to go sometime in June. Until then, he said, students will utilize the PCC greenhouse facility located on Greenville’s County Home Road.

With the establishment of the new horticulture curriculum, Campbell said PCC had phased out its compensatory education greenhouse program, which had experienced declining enrollment due to budget cuts pertaining to mental health programs.