The Maine horticulture industry is an essential part of the state's economy, contributing over $300 million annually. The interest and growth in horticulture and related fields are, more than ever, presenting a need for trained personnel.
Plant and Soil Technology is offered as a two-year Associate Degree in Applied Science program or a one-year Certificate program. Graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of horticultural occupations and are currently employed in the following areas: tree, shrub and perennial plant nurseries, arboreta, greenhouses, garden centers, landscape contracting and design, municipal parks, arboriculture, turf production, golf course management, lawn and grounds maintenance, florist shops, interior landscaping, hydroponics, estate gardening, cut flower production, herb and specialty plant production, market gardening, organic food production, horticultural equipment supplies and sales and horticulture education. Many graduates own businesses and contribute significantly to their communities.
The Plant and Soil Technology Program provides or sponsors: tuition scholarships for students who qualify, educational field trips, visiting lecturers with expertise in horticulture and related fields and a short course that introduces students to outstanding researchers and members of the "green industry". These offerings provide educational opportunities that are challenging, interesting and current.
Program learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
High School Course Recommendations
The following courses are not required for entrance into the program, but they are highly recommended.
Continuing Your Education
Graduates from the Associate Degree in Applied Science program have received two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Landscape Horticulture through the College of Natural Resources, Forestry and Agriculture at the University of Maine in Orono. Associate Degree graduates may also transfer two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Applied Technical Leadership at the University of Southern Maine in Portland or toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration at Husson College. Credits often transfer to other colleges with similar programs.