CCBC’s Sustainable Horticulture Program offers new certificate

Mar 12, 2018 | by Terri Charles | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.202.0017 (cell)

12-credit workforce development certificate includes free tuition and job training

Baltimore County, MD – The Sustainable Horticulture Program at the Community College of Baltimore County today announced its new Basic Horticulture Technician Certificate, a 12-credit workforce development certificate that can be earned in one semester while receiving a scholarship and hands-on work experience at a local landscaping or nursery company. The Basic Horticulture Technician Certificate program will begin in fall 2018 and classes will be held from Aug. 30 through Dec. 14, 2018 at CCBC Hunt Valley, easily accessible by Baltimore Light Rail.

“We are excited to be able to offer a certificate program for students who love working in and with nature,” said Bradley W. Thompson, assistant professor and director of the Sustainable Horticulture program. “Students can start their careers immediately by learning horticulture skills in a hands-on work environment. This short certificate also benefits employers by providing workers who are dually trained through their classes at CCBC and their co-op learning experience at the company.”

Participants in the Basic Horticulture Technician Certificate program earn 12 credits by completing the required coursework. Courses include Introduction to Sustainable Horticulture, Soils and Fertilizers, Herbaceous Plant Materials, and Landscape Installation, Maintenance and Construction. The required Cooperative Education course is a one day per week co-op work experience. Students will be placed in their co-ops by a member company of the American Landscape Institute (ALI). The students also will be introduced to industry employers and provided with job interview opportunities at the completion of the program.

All courses in the Basic Horticulture Technician Certificate are currently taught in the two-year Sustainable Horticulture program. Students can continue in the program with 12 credits toward earning an associate degree, which is typically 60 credits.

Applications will be accepted beginning April 14, 2018 by contacting Bradley W. Thompson, Ph.D., Sustainable Horticulture Program Director, at 443-840-3754 or via email


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