JJC's Agriculture Programs have a long standing tradition for providing a practical quality education for students and the community. The FIRST Agriculture Program offered by any Illinois Community College in 1954 has developed into four programs serving more than 200 students each year who desire education in the varied fields of production agriculture and agri-business. Students who desire to enter full-time employment following graduation can expect 4-8 job opportunities from which to choose while those who plan to transfer to other institutions will find JJC credits accepted nationwide.
In addition to hands-on learning in many laboratory classes on campus, the Agriculture Programs include a major on-job-training component which makes up nearly 25% of the credit required for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students are placed for full-time internship experience (with pay) nationwide and are supervised regularly on-site by JJC Staff.
Since JJC welcomes students from throughout Illinois as well as nationwide, assistance in securing nearby campus housing is provided for all students.
Please consult the following link for more information on careers in Agriculture.
Career Profiles in Agriculture
The goal of our program is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for gainful employment in your chosen area of specialization. This goal has never changed. To receive a degree in the horticulture area, each student is required to complete two on-the-job training experiences for college credit, making up approximately 25 percent of their college experience. Learning while on the job under the supervision of a trained industry person, as well as a horticulture faculty member, is a requirement of all graduates.
Our horticulture facilities include an arboretum with over a thousand different woody and herbaceous plants for students use and a 9000-square-foot of greenhouse controlled by the latest technology, the Priva system. We cooperate with the Illinois Nurseryman's Apprentice Program and the Illinois Landscape Architects Program. Our teaching staff has a landscape architect, an Illinois certified arborist and one graduate of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
The college has partnered with the Illinois Landscape Contractor Association to host PLANET's Certified Landscape Technician - Exterior (CLT-E) field test since 1996.
Graduates of our program are in high demand. There are currently eight to 10 job offers per student seeking employment.
Please consult the following links for more information on careers in Horticulture.
The Landlovers Web site
Career Profiles in Horticulture
A Career in Landscaping video