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Horticulture Program News

LED Grow Lights

The Horticulture Department at College of DuPage is establishing studies with LED Grow Lights to improve light intensity and quality for growing vegetables in our Hydroponics course and for growing vegetables for the COD Fuel Pantry in the Horticulture Department Greenhouse during the winter months. The use of LED Grow Lights allows for high light output for vegetative growth of the vegetable plants providing a full spectrum white light with dimming capabilities. This allows us to adjust the light intensity for each specific species and therefore optimize growth conditions. The Fuel Pantry at College of DuPage is for all students, faculty and staff facing food insecurity and in need of assistance. The goal is to conveniently provide food for members of our campus community who may be food insecure. Thanks to VoltGrow for donating these LED Grow Lights for students to use and learn in the horticulture program.

Horticulture Alumna Selected as 2019 Rose Parade Float Judge

Kimberly Oldis developed her floral design skills at College of DuPage in 1975, launching a career that would lead her to serve as a judge in the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day. 

Horticulture Students Receive ILCA Honors

College of DuPage Horticulture students were recently recognized at the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Excellence in Landscape Awards Night for their efforts in the annual ILCA 2017 Landscape Design Contest for College and High School Students sponsored by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association and College of DuPage. Read More .

COD Students Win 'Come Alive Outside' Horticulture Design Competition

Four students in the College of DuPage Horticulture program recently won first place in the Come Alive Outside Design Challenge hosted by Come Alive Outside in partnership with Belgard, BOSS LM, Christy Webber Landscapes, Greenius, JP Horizons, The Kitchen Community and RYCO Landscaping. Read More  

COD Places Fifth Among Community Colleges in Prestigious National Landscaping Competition

A team of nineteen College of DuPage horticulture students recently placed fifth overall among community colleges in the 2017 National Collegiate Landscaping Competition held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The students placed 22nd overall out of 672 students representing 61 four-year universities and community colleges. Read More

COD Horticulture Program Receives NALP Accreditation

The Horticulture program at College of DuPage is one of only three programs in Illinois to receive accreditation by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)."This accreditation provides national recognition that graduates of COD's Horticulture program are well-prepared to enter the field with the skills and knowledge they need to not only succeed, but excel in their career," said Horticulture instructor Brian Clement.

COD Offers New Landscape Contracting and Management Degree

The new Landscape Contracting and Management degree at College of DuPage will prepare graduates to design, implement and maintain landscape projects in horticulture-related careers. 

Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the 71-credit hour program will give students the skills to design and construct landscapes, estimate and bid projects, understand plant health care, and manage ground maintenance. The program incorporates hands-on training using the most advanced equipment and components available in the industry, said Brian Clement, instructor in the Horticulture program.

College of DuPage Offers New Power Equipment and Technology Certificate

Students earning the new Power Equipment and Technology certificate at College of DuPage will gain skills to work in the outdoor power equipment industry.

Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the 16-credit hour program also allows current employees to upgrade skills. Entry-level positions as small engine mechanics include work with landscape and construction companies, while positions in the outdoor power and equipment field include service technician, equipment/parts manager, compact diesel engine mechanic and generator technician. Read More  


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Brian Clement, Program Chair/Associate Professor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1059
(630) 942-2526

Frank Balestri, Instructor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1058
(630) 942-3498

Amy Hull, Greenhouse Supervisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0026
(630) 942-3806

Martin Bartz, Horticulture Lab Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0025
(630) 942-3807

Emmett Billings, Laboratory Assistant, Urban Agriculture
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0025
(630) 942-3822

Teresa Dietz, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008
(630) 942-3997

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1041
(630) 942-2548

Molly Devine, Student Success Specialist - Navigator
Center for Student Success, SRC 1144
(630) 942-3559

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592