Landscape/Horticulture Technology

College Again Provides Student Ambassador to Trade Conference

The president of Pennsylvania College of Technology's Horticulture Club served as a student ambassador at the recent Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky., the third straight year that the college has been represented in that fashion.

Student ambassadors

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Services Held for 'Master Teacher' Dennis E. Fink

A visitation and funeral were held Dec. 27-28 for Dennis E. Fink, 1997's Master Teacher and a retired assistant professor of horticulture, who died Monday, Dec. 23.

Dennis Fink

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Nine Penn College Students Certified to Apply Pesticides

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students in instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.'s Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants course passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam offered Nov. 25 on campus.

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A Floral Outlet for Artful Self-Expression

Students in Christine A. Fink's "The Art of Floral Design" class shared their expressive flair for originality, showing off their playful side through jewelry (including necklaces, bracelets and earrings), headwear, decorative wall hangings, and other creative designs in their Schneebeli Earth Science Center horticulture lab.

Floral Design

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January 2014
A Career in Landscaping Could Be for You

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Think landscaping is a job for folks who can't do anything else? This video may change your perception of what a career in landscaping is all about.

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Faculty who are among the institution's proudest alumni share their memories of those teachers who helped them find their paths in industry and continue to inspire them on the other side of the "desk." Read the article in One College Avenue.

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Landscape/Horticulture Technology History

The current Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Landscape Emphasis (LE) and Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Plant Production Emphasis (LP) programs have evolved through the decades to meet the needs of industry.

1971: The Williamsport Area Community College first offers Horticulture major

1972: The Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center is completed and opens for students

1979 & 1983: Two greenhouses are constructed for the high school program

1994-95: Interior Plantscape/Floral Design program is renamed Floral Design/Interior Plantscape to allow added emphasis in interior plantscape

1997: The Landscape/Nursery Technology: Turfgrass Management emphasis major is added at the request of The Pennsylvania State University.

2002: An agreement is completed for Longwood Gardens students to articulate into Landscape/Nursery Technology and complete an associate degree

2002: The horticulture program receives its initial accreditation from Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and begins offering an equipment safety course (ALCA later becomes PLANET)

2006: Landscape Nursery Technology major is split into three emphases: Ornamental Horticulture: Landscape Technology Emphasis (PLANET accredited); Ornamental Horticulture: Retail Management Emphasis (this emphasis later discontinued); Ornamental Horticulture: Plant Production Emphasis

2009: PLANET visit and re-accreditation

2012: Incorporation of sustainability into curriculum and community garden initiative implemented

2013: The 40th anniversary of the college's landscape/horticulture majors, celebrated during October's Homecoming, reunited program graduates with such faculty mentors as 1996 Master Teacher Richard J. Weilminster. Among other events, current students received valuable industry advice from an alumni panel and guests toured the Earth Science Center – including the new hydroculture garden.

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