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Horticulture Technology

Contribute to the Sustainability and Rehabilitation of Our Environment With a Horticulture Degree

Horticulture technology enhances quality of life and supports sustainability.

Pitt Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science Horticulture Technology degree that prepares you for a successful horticulture career. Our two-year program includes classroom instruction and hands-on experiential learning opportunities on campus in our state-of-the-art greenhouse complex, as well as with potential employers.

As a student in PCC’s horticulture degree program, you’ll also gain critical retail sales experience. Upon graduation you’ll be ready to pursue horticulture jobs in nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape firms. You’ll also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and the NC Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Your Associate in Applied Science Horticulture degree is also fully transferrable to North Carolina A&T, where you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
If you enjoy the idea of creating green spaces while also reducing humanity’s carbon footprint, horticulture careers are worth exploring.

Augment Your Horticulture Technology Degree

In addition to our AAS horticulture degree, we offer a diploma in Turfgrass Management. Gaining knowledge of turfgrass maintenance practices, soil science, and pest management methods increases your skills, preparing you to pursue a wider range of horticulture jobs.

Why Choose Pitt Community College to Study Horticulture Technology?

Small class sizes — The student-to-instructor ratio in PCC’s horticulture degree program is 15:1, which means individualized learning.

State-of-the-art greenhouse — In addition to horticulture courses, you’ll work in our on-campus greenhouse complex. You’ll participate in a variety of learning projects, from landscape installation and maintenance to greenhouse operations and management.

Exceptional faculty — The instructors who teach our horticulture classes have over 30 years experience in the green industry. They hold multiple industry certifications, including North Carolina Landscape Contractor, NC Irrigation Contractor, Certified Plant Professional, and Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute certification in hardscaping. They are also industry-certified in landscape lighting design and installation.

Retail sales training — As a horticulture degree student, you’ll gain valuable sales experience by participating in PCC’s spring and fall plant sales.

Personalized career advising — The same faculty members who teach your horticulture courses serve as advisors and assist you with finding the right roles to meet your horticulture career goals.

Experiential learning — The green industry is one of North Carolina’s largest industries. As a horticulture degree student, you’ll apply what you have learned in your horticulture classes and our on-campus greenhouse to projects in our larger community. The summer after completing your first year, you’ll participate in a 320-hour, industry-approved, work-based experience.

You’ll also have opportunities to work alongside industry professionals at the annual Green & Growin’ show in Greensboro, NC.

Scholarships — To help pay for your horticulture classes, PCC encourages you to apply for scholarships. Among the local and national scholarships available are:

  1. North Carolina Farm Bureau Robert Flake Shaw Scholarship
  2. Pitt County Farm Bureau Scholarship — see Jerry Pittman for details
  3. American Society for Horticultural Science Scholarship

Seed Your Future also provides scholarships specific to horticulture degrees.

Horticulture Jobs Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, horticulture jobs are expected to grow 6 percent through 2032 — faster than the average. ZipRecruiter lists $36,601 as the average annual salary for a horticulture technician in North Carolina, with top earners reaching $53,595 annually.

Horticulture career opportunities are diverse and include:

  • Landscape design and installation
  • Government agencies and municipalities landscape maintenance
  • Retail garden center sales and management
  • Greenhouse and nursery production
  • Public parks and garden operations
  • Wholesale nursery sales
  • Golf courses and private club grounds landscape

Most PCC Horticulture Technology degree students receive job offers within three months of — or even before — graduation. Most earn above-average pay.

“PCC’s hands-on Horticulture Technology program teaches proper industry technique and practices. After graduating, I had the knowledge to start my landscaping company. In the last year, I’ve expanded my business by purchasing a greenhouse operation.”

Blake Simonowich

Class of 2015
Owner and Operator of Carolina Landscape Solutions and
Littleton Plant Farm

“As a non-traditional student, I started at PCC not knowing what I wanted to do. It did not take me long to realize I was right where I needed to be [in the horticulture degree program]. The instructors are truly knowledgeable about the green industry.”

Adele Scales

Current Student, Horticulture Degree anticipated 2024

Reach Out Today to Begin Your Horticulture Career!

Landscape Maintenance Firms
Landscape Design & Installation Firms
Retail Garden Center Sales and Management
Greenhouse and Nursery Production
Public Parks and Gardens
Grounds Maintenance for Municipalities & Hospitals
Wholesale Nursery Sales
AG Chemical Sales
Government Agencies
Golf Courses
Self-Employment within the Green Industry

Plant Materials
Applied Plant Science
Gardening Lab
Landscape Design
Landscape Construction
Soils & Fertilizers
Greenhouse Operations
Horticulture Pest Management
Plant Propagation
Landscape Management
Landscape Irrigation
Nursery Production
Horticulture Management & Marketing
Intro to Turfgrass Cult & ID

Pitt Community College’s horticulture classes cover every aspect of horticulture technology.

Horticulture classes include:

Plant Growth and Development
Plant Identification
Fundamentals of Soils & Fertility
Landscaping Principles & Practices
Greenhouse Production & Management
Irrigation Design & Installation
Turfgrass Culture & Identification