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Horticulture

If you saw a flower, plant or tree today, enjoyed beautiful landscaping in a park, walked over turf grass or played on a basketball, football or golf course then chances are you benefitted from the work of a horticulturist during your day. While other LISD TECH Center agri-science programs focus on staple crops, Horticulture is the study of creative and sustainable solutions to use plants and plant research to enhance personal health and the quality of life. Whether you want to work in a lab, a field, a floral shop, at an arboretum, a botanical garden, in plant research or on the golf course, the possibilities in Horticulture are plentiful.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Horticulture program is held at the LISD Center for a Sustainable Future, where plants, flowers and small fruits and vegetable production are grown in a state-of-the-art greenhouse as part of the Center’s “living roof”. In this course, students learn landscape, conservation of natural resources, forestry and how to use design software programs. Students will learn greenhouse management and operate a nursery. FFA leadership training is an essential part of the curriculum. Students who take this program have the option to dual-enroll in Michigan State University classes.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Successful students usually have strong grades in science, an interest in working outdoors, the ability to follow directions, multi-task and an interest in scientific methods and research. Good communication and math skills are helpful.

RELATED CAREERS

*Completion of this program could lead to careers in:

Landscaping
Greenhouse Management
Agri-Science
Park Ranger/DNR
Forest Technician
Florist
Turf Grass
Fruit & Vegetable Production

*Note: Additional education may be required.

INSTRUCTOR

Don Fowler, a Michigan Horticulture Teacher of the Year with over 30 years of teaching experience, earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University and his vocational certification in Agriscience Education from Michigan State University. He also has over 20 years’ experience in landscaping as an owner/operator.

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HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT*

0.5 4th Math
1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
1.0 AgriScience or 3rd Science
1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

FFA

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES*

Davenport University
Michigan State University

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.