COD Horticulture Program Receives NALP Accreditation 

By Mike McKissack

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.
NALP accreditation is the only nationally-recognized endorsement offered to colleges and universities with horticulture/landscape degree programs. It is designed to recognize programs that meet or exceed industry standards and provide guidance to improve current programs while providing local and national recognition.

Clement said an employee shortage in the industry will ensure that COD Horticulture program graduates will be in demand.
"Companies cannot find enough skilled workers to fill their positions," he said. "According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation, the industry hires a staggering 300,000 employees each year. We need more talented men and women seeking careers in this industry and companies know any student from an accredited school has the training and skills to enter the workforce and make an impact right away."

Horticulture students at COD are able to choose from a wide variety of electives to customize their education and specialize in the areas of interest. The program offers an A.A.S. degree in Horticulture as well as certificates in floral shop management, greenhouse management, horticulture, landscape design and construction, landscape and turf management, nursery and garden center management and sustainable landscapes.

According to Clement, the program has been accredited for three years and there are still plans for development and growth.
"Within the next year, we plan to add new courses and new A.A.S. degree programs in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Landscape Management, which will enable us to receive the maximum seven-year accreditation from NALP, as well as a new certificate program in Power Equipment Technology.

Click here to learn more about the Horticulture program at College of DuPage.

For more information, call Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper at (630) 942-2526 or Judy Burgholzer at (630) 942-3095.


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

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

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

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