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***Due to the threat of inclement weather from Hurricane Ian, PCC will close today (09/29/2022) at 6 p.m. and re-open Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. Administrators will continue monitoring the situation and, if additional closures or delays are necessary, they will be communicated through the college website, text messages, portal announcements, PCC-issued email accounts, social media and local media outlets.***10

Horticulture Technology

Do you love working with your hands?  Have you ever been fascinated with how plants grow or wondered how to establish a well-maintained, manicured lawn or landscape?  Then a career in horticulture might be right for you!

Pitt Community College’s Horticulture Technology program will give students the necessary tools necessary to be successful in the Green industry, one of North Carolina’s largest industries.  The Horticulture Technology program is a two-year Associate degree program that, aside from classroom instruction, will provide students the opportunity to succeed in their career goals.  With instructional support, students will gain hands-on experience through various live landscape projects and working in our state-of-the-art on-campus greenhouse complex.  Students will also gain retail sales experience through our Spring and Fall Plant Sales.

Degree/Certification Information

The Horticulture Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture.  Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticulture principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Coursework includes plant science, plant materials, propagation, soils, fertilizers, and pest management.  Also included are courses in plant production, landscaping, and the management and operation of horticulture businesses.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, and governmental agencies.  Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Jerry Pittman, Curriculum Coordinator
Office: Vernon White Building (VEW), Room 170
Phone: (252) 493-7544
Email: japittman965@my.pittcc.edu

Dennis Marshall, Department Chair
Office: Vernon White Building (VEW), Room 173
Phone: (252) 493-7743
Email: dwmarshall592@my.pittcc.edu

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

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

North Carolina A&T – B.S. Agriculture