OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures
With gardening as the country's fastest growing leisure activity, people are spending more time and money on their property. A Horticulture Technician provides product and service expertise with landscape design and construction as well as grounds maintenance. The technician is trained to operate greenhouses and manage retail garden centres including the care of interior plants in commercial complexes.
This program will appeal to those with a self proclaimed “green thumb” as well as a strong interest in nature and environmental issues.
- Students gain both theory and hands on training in Design / Construction / Horticulture / Greenhouse including landscape design, planning, installation, growing of plants, greenhouse operations and much more.
- Students work with the College on maintenance and installation of the College's 100 acre campus arboretum. Students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working at various sites affiliated with the College, including an 11-acre wooded lot in East Windsor, retail garden centre located on campus, and Arboriculture and Outdoor Floriculture sites including King's Navy Yard / Seagram Park in Amherstburg. These “living labs”/satellite grounds are both learning environments and a source of summer employment.
- Please Note: Work practicum may be on the day or afternoon shifts anywhere within Windsor-Essex County. Students are required to provide their own transportation. The College is not able to guarantee locations in Windsor and/ or on a bus route.)
- Located in the “banana belt” of Canada, with one of the country's longest growing seasons, allowing for the study of a wide spectrum of exotic plants, as well as access to the “backdoor” of the country's largest greenhouse growing area.
- In recent years the Horticulture Team has achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in the Canada/Skills Landscaping Gardening Competition held at Rim Park in Waterloo".
- Strong community involvement assisting with design solutions for community and municipal projects.
- Students will be prepared to pursue Landscape Ontario's Landscape Industry Certified Technician Exam, and also receive training for certification in Pesticides (Technician and Exterminator), Front End Loader/Skid Steer Operator and Chainsaw Certification.
- Summer paid employment opportunities right here within our program! We hire our students for sales in our retail store on campus, grass cutting & maintenance on college property, garden maintenance at our private 11 acre site, King's Navy Yard / Seagram Park.
Typical entry level positions range from project estimator and designer to managerial roles. Positions exist with landscape construction companies, design/build companies including, paving, planting, irrigation, and maintenance. Those completing the program also have the skills and knowledge to start their own landscaping business to managerial roles.
Click Here to view the City of Windsor Offer of Summer Employment.
- Program Physical Demands Analysis: T866
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:
2016-2017 Tuition Fees
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.
Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.
Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.