Landscape/Horticulture Technology

Environmental Grant to Fund Wetlands/Trailhead Project at ESC

Nature-trail at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center

The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2,996 to Pennsylvania College of Technology for revitalization of wetlands and related nature-trail work at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

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Horticulture Faculty Members Renew Commitment to FFA Competition

Two members of Penn College's horticulture faculty honored tradition at this month’s 85th Pennsylvania FFA Convention/Activities Week, again serving as contest judges during events at Penn State's main campus.


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A conversation with graduate Jeremy Thorne, 2013 Horticulture graduate

When did you graduate and what are you currently doing?
I graduated in May 2013 with two associate degrees - one in horticulture and one in plant production. I am working as a landscape installation foreman at Scott's Landscaping Inc. in Centre Hall.

Jeremy Thorne

How did Penn College prepare you for your career?
Penn College set high standards for hands-on learning in every aspect that might be encountered while working on any landscape job. I came out of Penn College with a well-rounded education. This type of education shows in the field when working with graduates from much larger schools.

What do you do to stay active in the industry other than your current position?
Staying active and aware of the industry change and new developments is important to me. I am an active member with PLANET (The Professional Landcare Network). Community service is a big part of that. I had the honor of participating in Renewal and Remembrance in July at Arlington National Cemetery. This event attracted over 50 companies from 30 states to help lime and aerate the grounds as well as doing irrigation upgrades and tree care. I work behind the scenes with PLANET every October at the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. During this conference, I work with college students pursuing the same career. I also volunteered at Student Career Days in Colorado last spring.

What is your advice to students interested in the green industry?
Go to Penn College and get a hands-on, well-rounded education. Study hard and focus on your school work. Meet as many people as you can that are involved in the industry, and network and learn from them. Take advantage of the opportunities that Penn College offers.You can pursue a landscaping career anywhere as long as you apply yourself in school and prove that you are worth it out in the field.

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September 2014
Upcoming Events
Centennial Open House
October 26

Open House

If you'd like to learn more about our landscape/horticulture technology program, plan to visit the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the main campus during Open House on Sunday, October 26. This is an excellent opportunity to see the full campus in action, meet faculty and staff, and view student projects.

Homecoming 2014
October 10-12
Homecoming 2014
One College Avenue

100 Years Young

A year of celebrations, taking a look at the past, present and future, is marked with events for the entire community. Read the article in One College Avenue.

Attention: Associate Degree Graduates More about earning a B.S. degree



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