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Career/Program Overview

The RCTC Horticulture Technology program offers training for environmental careers in the green industry.  Working with plants and people in an outdoor environment offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities.  Graduates will qualify for jobs in: Greenhouse Management, Landscape Maintenance, Golf Course Turf Management, Tree Care and Urban Forestry, Landscape Design and Install, Floral Design, and Retail and Wholesale Sales.

RCTC Horticulture technology provides an excellent balance of classroom and hands–on training so graduates are ready to meet the needs of the green industry.  Combining traditional on site teaching methods with online Hybrid classes allows students to work or commute while in the program. We actively involve industry professionals in developing our curriculum to insure that we meet their needs for employees.


Depending on the option selected coursework may include:  Plant Materials I and II, Soil Science, Landscape Design, Golf Course Field Operations, Plant Propagation, Greenhouse Crop Production, Introduction to Turfgrass Management, Floral Design, Arboriculture, Urban Forestry and Integrated Plant/Pest Management.

Program/Degree Options

  • Horticulture Technology AAS, 60 credits
  • Floriculture/Garden Center Diploma, 52 credits
  • Landscape/Golf Course/Grounds Maintenance Diploma, 52 credits
  • Horticulture Science AS, 60 credits

Program Start Date(s)

Students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.  Some courses are prerequisites to advanced level coursework so preplanning is encouraged. 

Career Opportunities/InformationThe Horticulture Technology curriculum provides educational opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in a horticulture career related to landscape management, turf management, urban forestry, greenhouse crop production, and related occupations.  Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of specific technical knowledge and skills and a firm foundation in the science of horticulture. Students may consider transfer options by working closely with a four-year institution of their choice.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

RCTC’s Horticulture Science Associate in Science degree has been established to transfer into the Plant Science bachelor’s degree program at the University of Minnesota. 

In 2003 RCTC’s program was selected as Minnesota’s Outstanding Post Secondary/Adult Agricultural Education program. 

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/index.html

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/hort
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2015-04-01
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