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Workshops for high school students, guidance counselors and teachers who are interested in employment and /or careers in horticulture, biology, environmental science and forestry, or just enjoy being outdoors.
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Graduates of Joliet Junior College's Landscape Management Program have professional training, experience, and skills in the basics of landscape management. Our professional training emphasizes plant identification, care and culture, designing full-scale landscapes, construction techniques, bidding, estimating, maintenance practices, and installation techniques. Professional positions are currently available in the following areas: sales and marketing, design, installation and maintenance, computer landscape design, crew foreman, and construction.
Graduates of the Lanscape Contracting program will have involvement in constructing, establishing, and maintaning landscapes from small residential projects to large commercial and industrial projects, as well as producing plans for small-scale residential and commercial sites. Students are also educated in areas such as graphics, surveying, soils, turfgrass management, weed and pest management and in business operations. This program is accredited by the Professional Landcare Network, which recognizes institutions that meet or exceed industry standards for a model curriculum.
Graduates of the Turfgrass Management program have experience and skills in the basics of turfgrass culture and maintenance, soils, fertilizers, pests, facilities, and equipment. Turfgrass managers are involved in all aspects of the turfgrass industry, from athletic field management and golf course operations to sales of turf products and sod production.
Graduates of the Greenhouse Management Program have experience and skills in the basics of greenhouse plant culture and maintenance, soils, fertilizers, pests, facilities, and equipment. Employment as greenhouse pot crop growers and greenhouse managers involve all areas of commercial greenhouse production, retail operation of a greenhouse, and facility propagation of nurseries.
Graduates of the Nursery Management Program have experience and skills in the basics of plant propagation, nursery management, financing, marketing, plant nutrition, and pest control. Nursery managers are involved in all aspects of the nursery industry, from container production to field production, as well as wholesale and retail sales.
Floral Design and Interior Plantscape Management
Graduates of the Floral Design/Interior Plantscaping Program have experience and skills in basic floral design; wedding, sympathy, party design, and creative floral design, as well as basics of plant care and maintenance, soils, fertilizers, pests, and interior landscape design. Jobs are available in all areas of retail flower shop operations, wholesale sales of flowers, supplies, plants, and interior plantscaping.
Numerous opportunities await prospective graduates in municipal arboriculture/urban forestry, commercial and utility arboriculture, consulting, and land use management.
Partnerships developed with the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), local commercial, municipal, and consulting arborists, land managers, and other allied green industry members serve as a source for training and internships.