If you love to work with your hands, and you’ve ever wondered how a perfectly manicured golf-course or a well-landscaped backyard was created and maintained, a career in horticulture might be right for you.
Piedmont Technical College's Horticulture Technology program will give you the tools you need to succeed in one of South Carolina’s largest industries. With the support of a diverse group of instructors, you’ll get hands-on experience through our campus greenhouse complex, the Landscapes for Learning project and an extensive co-op program.
The Horticulture Technology program has transfer agreements in place with Clemson University's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, so if you choose to pursue a bachelor's degree, you can be sure that your education here creates a foundation for success.
Horticulture is a diverse industry that offers careers for many different interests, including greenhouse management, growing and propagating ornamentals, landscape design, landscape maintenance, landscape installation, turf science, and even commercial and home fruit and vegetable production.
So whether you want to work in a greenhouse, manage athletic fields, own a landscaping business, diagnose peach tree diseases, or research treatment programs for turf diseases – it all falls under horticulture. There are even rewarding opportunities in sales for input suppliers (e.g. fertilizer, equipment, seed and plants).
According to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, farming generates over two billion dollars a year at the farm level, but the impact on the state’s economy goes far beyond the farm gate. Agriculture has a direct and indirect economic impact of $33.9 billion a year, provides $7.5 billion in labor income and creates and supports almost 200,000 jobs across the state.
Horticulture is an important part of S.C.’s ag industry. In fact, the greenhouse, nursery, turf, and floriculture industry accounts for over 300 million dollars in annual receipts and ranks as South Carolina's second largest cash crop. This important industry continues to grow and prosper in our state. From lawn grass to landscape plants and flowers, ornamental horticulture and turf accounts for over a significant portion of agribusiness’s cash receipts in South Carolina.
If you’re headed toward a bachelor’s degree, you can start with our Horticulture program and earn credit toward a degree at Clemson University. Because Piedmont Technical College has articulation agreements with Clemson University’s Horticulture, Turfgrass and Agriculture Education programs, students may qualify for up to 62 hours of transfer credit.
Our smaller student-to-teacher ratio and locally accessible classes help students adjust to college life, and the real-world experience in horticulture you’ll get at PTC will give you an advantage when you’re ready to enter the work force.
Best of all, because of Piedmont Tech’s affordable tuition rates, you’ll save thousands in tuition and fees by completing your first two-years here.
Cold Creek Nursery
Davey Tree Company
Lowe's Gardening Centers
Megan's Lovely Landscapes
Michelin Tire Corporation
Persimmon Hill Country Club
Savannah Lakes Village
Scott's Lawn Service
Self Regional Healthcare
Stoney Point Golf Course
Walmart Gardening Centers
Zack Cook grew up in an agriculture family. While choosing a career for his life, he couldn’t image any job that would keep him inside.
Cook enrolled in the horticulture turfgrass program at Piedmont Tech and in 2011 he earned his degree. While enrolled in the program, he spent one summer in an internship at Modern Turf in Rembert. The location held personal ties to Cook. The sod farm was located on land that used to belong to his family.
“I spent the first summer stacking sod as an internship and then a second summer working in the retail store in Columbia,” he said.
Turns out, it was a good internship.Read More
Graduation: May 2011
Currently: Assistant Farm Manager