Thank you for your interest and participation in the Horticulture programs at Century College. Due to changes in the program, Century College will no longer admit new students to this program effective Summer/Fall Semester 2020. 

Although this change is applicable for new entering Summer and Fall students, Century is committed to helping current students in the Horticulture program successfully graduate from the program. Contact your assigned advisor/counselor for more information and assistance.

About the Program

The field of horticulture offers many exciting and challenging careers. Nationally, horticulture is a major employer and includes jobs in garden centers, greenhouses, grounds maintenance firms, park systems, sports complexes, and private grounds. Persons working in horticulture may also be self-employed. The Horticulture department offers a variety of awards including certificates, diplomas and degrees. Students will: 

  • Use advanced technology and tools to grow, install, and manage sustainable landscapes and farm-to-table fruits and vegetables
  • Work outdoors in landscape design and sports turf management
  • Manage controlled environments to create optimal growth, nutrition, and integrated pest management plans

The Horticulture Associate in Science Degree is designed to provide you with pre-professional preparation in horticulture through introductory horticulture courses as well as a strong foundation in general education for transfer purposes. If you are interested in securing or maintaining employment in a horticulture-related occupation, and interested in obtaining a Baccalaureate Degree, you may consider completing an Associate in Science Degree. Specific transfer arrangements, with the college of choice, should be made as early in the degree as possible to ensure an appropriate program is planned for enrollment at Century College and at the four-year school.

Graduates of the Horticulture Technology AAS degree will have a strong knowledge of landscape and greenhouse practices as well as general horticultural skills in plant identification and fertility management. Students can select elective courses to focus on landscape design and installation, grounds management, or plant production. Business management and horticultural operations are emphasized to prepare students for supervisory and management positions and self-employment

The Horticulture Technology Diploma provides students with the technical and communication skills to meet the demand for well-trained personnel in the horticulture industry.  In addition to knowledge of plant biology, soil management, and plant selection, students can select elective courses to focus on landscape design and installation, grounds management, or plant production.

The Horticulture Technology certificate provides students with the general education and technical skills to meet the demand for well-trained personnel in the horticulture industry.  Graduates will be well versed in woody and herbaceous plants that grow in temperate climates.  They will be knowledgeable about plant pests, nursery operations, landscape installation, and grounds maintenance.  Graduates of this program may choose to build on this certificate achieve a diploma or an AAS degree.

Cost & Financial Aid

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    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
  • Landscaper and Groundskeepers

Salary Data

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
Average Wage: $11.65/hour
Top Earners: $14.66/hour

Landscaper and Groundskeepers
Average Wage: $14.03/hour
Top Earners: $20.19/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -