Landscape/Horticulture Technology

Garden Initiative Serves as Living Laboratory

A Campus Community Garden at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering fresh learning opportunities – and food options – on the college's campuses.

Campus Community Garden

Planted during the Fall 2012 semester, the Campus Community Garden's first phase is in operation, with several types of vegetables growing in a hydroculture environment.

Among its chief goals, the garden initiative seeks to provide a living laboratory to promote awareness of alternative agriculture technologies and to offer opportunities for employee and student volunteers to work together as a community.

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Students Plan to Compete in Alabama

Penn College students will be among those competing in PLANET's 37th Annual Student Career Days at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama , on March 7-10.


Nearly 70 schools from around the country are expected to complete in 28 events ranging from landscape design and paver installation to plant identification, skid steer operation and sales presentation. More information on the event is available at

A conversation with graduate Kyle Brown, 2011 Landscape Emphasis graduate

What are you doing now?
I now own and operate Brown Landscape, focusing on Outdoor Living Space construction. (I hired someone to take care of the maintenance side of my business.)

Kyle Brown

How did Penn College prepare you for your role as a business owner?
Penn College prepared me so well because of several things: The hands on program was very effective in teaching me the know-how to complete day-to-day operations both in the field and also the business management sides of the company. The staff was another key element in my success. Each and every member of the staff had been in the industry and knew what to expect in the business world. I valued the knowledge and opinions of my professors, whether it was how to complete a task, how to approach the client interaction, or suggestions in the business documentation and operations of the company. I can honestly say they have gotten me to where I am, a 23-year-old, successful small-business owner.

What advice do you have for a young person looking to get into this industry?
My advice would be to not go for anything less than everything. Take every opportunity you have to learn more about the industry from those who have been around it for years, listen to them and soak up the information. Use all the hands-on experience you are given. Finally, don't let anyone tell you as a young person you can't be successful as a small-business owner; have a business plan and work hard! Also, don't be afraid of risk. Remember, "High risk, high reward!"

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March 2013
Student Award
Kaila A. Sewald Kaila A. Sewald
Williamsport Garden
Club Scholarship
Upcoming Events
Attend Open House
Saturday, March 23

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 Saturday, March 23. This is an excellent opportunity to see the full campus in action, meet faculty and staff, and view student projects.

College and Career Readiness Conference
Wednesday, April 3

Penn College's College Transitions and Admissions offices will host the College and Career Readiness Conference for educators. The event includes tours of the college's facilities, including the Earth Science Center, as well as discussions on a variety of topics of interest to educators as they help students explore their career and college options. This event's Educational Hot Topic will cover free electronic resources counselors and administrators need to know about to help students with the college transition.

Register for the College and Career Readiness Conference

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