Horticulture Technology Program

Career/Program Overview

In an increasingly urbanized world, the importance of urban greening and food safety is growing.  The intelligent use of plants in the urban landscape offers solutions.  Horticulturists design, install, and maintain green spaces for ornamental use and food production.

The RCTC Horticulture Technology program offers an excellent balance of classroom and hands–on training preparing graduates to manage the urban ecosystem.  Combining traditional hands-on teaching methods with online Hybrid classes allows students to work or commute while in the program.  We actively involve industry professionals in developing the curriculum to meet green industry needs. Students may consider transfer options by working closely with a four-year institution of their choice.


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

Program/Degree Options

Horticulture Technology AAS, 60 credits

Horticulture Technician Diploma, 54 credits

Horticulture Science AS, 60 credits

Program Start Date(s)

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

Career Opportunities/Information

The RCTC Horticulture Technology program offers training for careers in urban ecosystem management.  Working with plants and people in an outdoor environment offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities.  Graduates will qualify for jobs in:
Greenhouse Management and Urban agriculture, Landscape and Turf Management, Urban Tree Care, and related occupations.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

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: www.rctc.edu/academics/articulations/

Additional Information
Program Plan: www.rctc.edu/academics/programs/
More Information: www.rctc.edu/contact/

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/academics/programs

Program Award Credits Gainful
Horticulture Technician, Diploma Dipl 54 Overview content updated: 2017-04-17