IGIA Hope Program

The Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a wide range of nursery settings. Once a month, from September through February, students visit wholesale nurseries, a retail garden center, the largest horticultural trade show in the Midwest and an educational seminar. This is a wonderful way to put classroom knowledge into practice and gain insight into the nursery industry.

Participants will perform pruning, potting, B&B and other nursery-related tasks, observe various types of nursery businesses and the market niche they serve, and evaluate the nursery industry as a career opportunity.

This three-semester credit internship (non-paid) experience satisfies the Co-op requirement for a degree and related certificates. Students provide their own transportation to each site.

For more information on IGIA HOPE, call Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper at
(630) 942-2526 or email: fitzpatr@cod.edu.

Helping Students Grow in the Horticulture Industry


Contact Information

Judy Burgholzer, Program Coordinator/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1058, (630) 942-3095

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

Brian Clement, Instructor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1059, (630) 942-2526

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

David Earl, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2538

Amy Hull, Greenhouse Supervisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0026, (630) 942-3095 

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