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Program Learning Outcomes

Mission, Objectives and Values

Mission

The Mission of the College of DuPage Horticulture Department is to prepare students to enter the green industry as well as provide additional professional development opportunities for those already in the industry.

Objectives

  • Introduce students to occupations within the green industry.
  • Prepare students for successful employment through classroom and practical experiences while encouraging them to take pride in their work and establish a high standard of professionalism.  
  • Encourage students to be responsible stewards of the environment by demonstrating and valuing sustainable practices.
  • Demonstrate the safe use of equipment, chemicals and tools used in the industry.
  • Identify and explain benefits of professional organizations in the green industry.
  • Maintain strong industry contacts and link classroom knowledge with the industry through field trips and guest speakers.

Values

  • INTEGRITY – We expect the highest standard of moral character and ethical behavior.
  • HONESTY – We expect truthfulness and trustworthiness.
  • RESPECT – We expect courtesy and dignity in all interpersonal interactions.
  • RESPONSIBILITY – We expect fulfillment of obligations and accountability.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the A.A.S Horticulture Degree, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in horticulture careers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Propagate, grow, and maintain plants in horticulture production systems
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes
  • Identify and prescribe sustainable options in horticulture which benefit the environment while maintaining productivity and economic viability
  • Identify common biotic and abiotic plant pests and disorders and develop strategies to manage them in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner
  • Apply horticultural skills and knowledge to operate various business entities found in the horticultural industry
  • Apply relevant mathematical principles and calculations inherent in all aspects of the Horticultural Industry
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry

Upon completion of the A.A.S Landscape Contracting and Management Degree, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in landscape careers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Demonstrate fundamental skills in landscape design elements, process and techniques.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of landscape construction and maintenance principles and practices
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of hydraulics and irrigation design, installation and water management principles and practices
  • Apply horticultural skills and knowledge to operate various business entities found in the landscape industry
  • Utilize computer software program applications relevant to the field for communication skills, production decisions, business management and bidding and estimating
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes
  • Demonstrate proficiency at implementing the principles and practices of sustainable landscape maintenance, turf management, and integrated pest management to care for and maintain landscapes and green spaces
  • Identify common biotic and abiotic plant pests and disorders and develop strategies to manage them in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner
  • Apply relevant mathematical principles and calculations inherent in all aspects of the Green Industry
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry

 

Upon completion of the A.A.S Sustainable Urban Agriculture Degree, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the Sustainable Urban Agriculture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in sustainable urban agriculture careers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Describe basic green roof design, construction and maintenance techniques
  • Apply an understanding of sustainable horticultural aspects to the development of landscape design to promote green living environments.
  • Apply an understanding of modern technology and its application to growing plants, with emphasis being placed on hydroponic production of commercially valuable crops
  • Identify the relationships between soil, water, insects, diseases and weeds in agricultural systems
  • Apply agricultural practices that are environmentally sound and productive, and provide a positive social impact on individuals and the community
  • Identify the major food producing plant families commonly found in the Midwest and niche market opportunities for urban agriculture
  • Integrate diverse perspectives to understand today’s complex food systems and understand the role urban agriculture plays in the food system
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the food and environmental movements and contribute to various efforts taking place in the urban setting
  • Identify common biotic and abiotic plant pests and disorders and develop strategies to manage them in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner
  • Apply relevant mathematical principles and calculations inherent in all aspects of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Industry
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry

 

Upon completion of the Horticulture Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of plants, their culture and utilization
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Describe the basic principles of plant taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of functional business knowledge in the horticultural industry
  • Propagate, grow, and maintain plants in horticulture production systems
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Sustainable Landscapes Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Describe residential and commercial water management as it relates to an understanding of the intersection of the Plant-Soil-Water continuum
  • Identify and recall components of an environmentally and ecologically sound landscape system
  • Describe basic green roof design, construction and maintenance techniques
  • Identify and choose plant materials for designs that will have a desired impact on naturalized landscapes
  • Apply an understanding of the effective use of practical and applied design strategies to determine meaningful solutions to landscape design problems pertinent to naturalized environments
  • Formulate creative new strategies that will effectively develop and manage sustainable landscapes
  • Successfully complete a one credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Floral Shop Management Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of plants, their culture and utilization
  • Create an arrangement illustrating the elements and principles of color theory and floral design
  • Distinguish floral industry standards for application to commercial venues
  • Identify and categorize varieties of flowers and foliage by genus and species
  • Illustrate and produce industry standard floral designs used in wedding décor, sympathy tributes, window display, permanent botanicals and event design
  • Identify business principles and practices of flower shop operation
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Landscape Design and Construction Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in  landscape design and construction management careers
  • Describe the components and effects of environment and soils on plant growth and development.
  • Describe the techniques required for proper selection, installation and maintenance of softscape and hardscape materials
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of landscape construction and maintenance principles and practices
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of hydraulics and irrigation design, installation and water management principles and practices
  • Use a variety of computer applications relevant to landscape design, construction, and ornamental horticulture.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes
  • Identify and manage common landscape a pests and disorders in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner.
  • Apply relevant mathematical principles and calculations inherent in all aspects of the Horticulture Industry
  • Demonstrate fundamental skills in landscape design elements, process and techniques.
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Greenhouse Management Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in greenhouse management careers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Demonstrate an understanding of functional business knowledge in the greenhouse industry
  • Propagate, grow, and maintain plants in horticulture production systems
  • Demonstrate understanding of sustainable production techniques commonly used in the greenhouse industry
  • Describe common greenhouse design features and the materials used to build them
  • Distinguish the various types of environmental control systems used in closed environments
  • Apply fertilizing techniques in a closed environment system
  • Apply horticultural principles to the successful growth and production of common greenhouse crops
  • Identify the most important greenhouse pests and diseases and be able to apply biological remediation techniques
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Landscape and Turf Maintenance Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in landscape and turf maintenance careers
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of landscape construction and maintenance principles and practices
  • Describe identification, care, and maintenance procedures of turf and ornamental plants used in the landscape
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of hydraulics and irrigation design, installation and water management principles and practices
  • Identify plant nutrient deficiencies and describe corrective measures.
  • Identify major plant pests, including weeds, insects, and diseases and describe corrective measures.
  • Apply relevant mathematical principles and calculations inherent in all aspects of the Green Industry
  • Demonstrate basic troubleshooting and maintenance skills for small gas engines.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Nursery and Garden Center Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the horticulture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in nursery and garden center management careers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Demonstrate an understanding of functional business knowledge in the nursery and greenhouse management industry
  • Propagate, grow, and maintain plants in horticulture production systems
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes
  • Identify major plant pests, including weeds, insects, and diseases and describe corrective measures
  • Apply relevant mathematical principles and calculations inherent in all aspects of the Horticulture  Industry
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Power Equipment and Technology Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundation in theory, technology, equipment, safety, and industry standards
  • Understand the role of a small engine technician and the career opportunities in the outdoor power equipment field
  • Describe the basic operation of small engines and their systems and identify the parts of a typical 2-cycle, 4-cycle and compact diesel engine
  • Describe how to disassemble, rebuild, and reassemble a typical two-stroke,  four-stroke, and compact diesel engine
  • Understand and apply basic principles of testing, diagnosis, troubleshooting and servicing of small engines, outdoor power equipment and power generators
  • Identify, test and diagnose charging systems in generators
  • Describe the fundamentals, construction features and principles of operation of hydraulic and hydrostatic drive systems and components and maintenance procedures
  • Identify the types of drive trains found in outdoor power equipment and summarize how to service lawn and riding mowers as well as garden tractors
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and skills, and complete repair and maintenance tasks in accordance with the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) and the outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association (OPEESA)
  • Successfully complete a two credit hour internship in the industry
     

Upon completion of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and research career opportunities in the sustainable urban agriculture industry as well as emerging trends
  • Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in sustainable urban agriculture management careers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility and biology of soil and how they relate to good plant growth
  • Identify the relationships between soil, water, insects, diseases and weeds in agricultural systems
  • Apply agricultural practices that are environmentally sound and productive, and provide a positive social impact on individuals and the community
  • Identify the major food producing plant families commonly found in the Midwest and niche market opportunities for urban agriculture
  • Integrate diverse perspectives to understand today’s complex food systems and understand the role urban agriculture plays in the food system
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the food and environmental movements and contribute to various efforts taking place in the urban setting
  • Demonstrate an understanding of functional business knowledge in the sustainable urban agriculture industry
  • Successfully complete a three credit hour internship in the industry 

 


Contact Information

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

Frank Balestri, Instructor
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 Technician/Grower
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0025, (630) 942-3807

Monica Miller, Program Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008, (630) 942-3074

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (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