The Landscape Management program at community college partners helps students apply practical knowledge and training to the selection, use and management of landscape plants and lawns. Students will learn about plant growth and development along with plant identification, preparing them for careers in the green industry.
The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and an internship.
Areas of study include:
- Soil science
- Landscape maintenance
- Irrigation systems
- Landscape plants
- Weed management
Following graduation, students receive an MSU IAT certificate and associate degree from the related community college preparing them for the job market. If interested, students can also transfer into Michigan State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or another related degree.
Graduates find careers in a variety of landscaping and horticulture-focused industries based on their interests.
Some career paths include:
- Landscape design, construction and maintenance
- Irrigation systems
- Retail equipment and supply centers
- Greenhouse and field nursery operations
- Professional lawn services
- Retail garden centers
The MSU Department of Horticulture lists job opportunities that may be of interest to Landscape Management IAT students.
The Landscape Management certificate program is based at several partner community colleges:
- Muskegon Community College, Muskegon
- Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
- Wayne County Community College District – Downriver, Taylor
- 60 credits (minimum of 30 MSU credits
- 3-4 semesters of classroom instruction
- 1 semester off-campus internship
Class sizes are small and students receive individualized instruction in addition to experiences at local facilities.
IAT coordinators help students find and secure organizations to mentor them as part of their required certificate program internship. Not only does this provide immediate on-the-job experience, but internships also help with networking and industry connections.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Landscape Management program coordinator based on the community college of your choice.