The Horticulture program at Kaskaskia College offers a one-year Certificate degree and a two year degree in General Horticulture and is designed to prepare individuals for employment within the horticulture field or transfer to a four-year university to continue studies.
The mission of the Department of Horticulture involves both education and discovery. Our goal is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for gainful employment in your chosen area of specialization. In addition, we strive to provide students with the analytical skills necessary to interpret new information as the world of horticulture continues to change. The curriculum within the Department of Horticulture is designed to provide you with communication skills, analytical skills and sensitivity to cultural diversity necessary for success in an increasingly global economy.
Students learn basic theory in the classroom and apply that theory in outdoor laboratories. The program has a greenhouse and equipment to support student learning in these "hands-on" labs. Students in laboratories learn and practice production, construction, and maintenance of plants and features in the campus horticultural facilities.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities at Kaskaskia College besides going to classes. The establishment of the Horticulture Club will provide a variety of community service projects, field trips and social functions each year.
To receive a degree in the horticulture area, each student is required to complete two on-the-job training experiences for college credit. 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. Upon graduation, you will leave Kaskaskia College with the information and skills for continued life-long learning.
Students may attend full-time or part-time.