Program Overview

Career Objectives:

  • Complete a career goal card and essay.
  • Purpose is to be sure students are aware of careers available and the path needed to reach their career goals.
  • Career path exploration unit

Program Highlights:

  • Students operate a production greenhouse, aquaponics growing system and a school flower shop.
  • John Deere Gators are just one piece of equipment students are taught to use in their practical landscape experiences.
  • Students plant and maintain vegetable and herb gardens on campus.
  • Aquaponics/Hydroponics/Aeroponic Systems
  • Food Production and Sustainable Horticulture
  • Students operate power cultivators, edgers, weed whackers and leaf blowers.
  • Students participate and compete in annual PA Farm Show.
  • FFA Membership

Curriculum and Occupational Titles:

  • Floral Design
  • Landscaping
  • Interior Plantscape
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Sustainable Horticultural Practices
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Students also learn plant identification, basic plant biology, propagation techniques and business and managerial skills.
  • New technologies in Horticulture including soilless and sustainable growing systems


  • KNOWLEDGE – chapter packets, classroom instruction, slide presentations, vocabulary and industry math
  • WORK ETHIC – attendance, class preparedness, participation in class discussion, educational field trip participation, weekly work logs and exit tickets. Points are deducted from students weekly employability grade if they fail to meet criteria.
  • SKILLS – based on levels of proficiency according to the student’s progress through the task list

Program Expectations:

  • Students who complete the program will receive OSHA certification and a PA Skills certificate if they score advanced on the NOCTI test.
  • Students will receive professional safety instruction and certification by completing 25 individual modules through Greenius, LS Training Systems.
  • Planet Landscape Safety Training
  • First Aid Certification is also available.

Uniform/Clothing Requirements:

  • Students are required to wear long pants made from denim or other durable fabric, a lab shirt, and work boots or heavy leather shoes.
  • Work gloves and safety glasses are also required.

Program Fees:

  • Students are required to purchase a program shirt, work gloves, safety glasses and classroom supplies ($40)
  • Activity Fee $20   (includes FFA membership)

Program Rules/Regulations:

  • Students are given classroom procedures page which they are expected to follow.
  • Students will be given a horticulture binder and weekly work logs or exit tickets.
  • Students will maintain a portfolio.
  • Teamwork is essential to the working of the lab and is expected. 

Safety Requirements:

  • Long pants (denim or other durable fabric)
  • Lab shirt
  • Safety glasses
  • Protective gloves
  • Work boots or heavy leather shoes
  • May need a hard hat for certain jobs
  • Must follow NMTCC Code of Conduct.

Portfolio Presentations:

  • Career objective essay
  • Resume
  • Duty/task check off list
  • Skills and description sheets
  • FFA materials
  • Community service reports
  • Additional awards

Post-Secondary Options:

  • Penn State University
  • Temple University
  • DelVal University
  • Penn College of Technology
  • Keystone College
  • Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
  • Longwood Gardens