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November 30, 2007

Farmingdale State Helping Long Island Get Green with New Horticulture Technology Management Program

Farmingdale State University of New York is offering a new Bachelor of Technology degree, Horticulture Technology Management. This program seeks students who have a passion for the environment and a desire to develop and design the often exhilarating and inspiring sights of our country's landscape. It combines training in Horticulture with study of Business, Management and Computer Information Systems. Students graduating with a degree in Horticultural Technology Management will have a wide variety of exciting employment opportunities working as nursery and greenhouse managers, landscape designers, supervisors and contractors, and turf managers.

The goal of Farmingdale State 's Horticulture Technology Management program is to combine a innovative business model with the varied components of the Green Industry. The program offers two options, General Horticulture and Landscape Development. In the General Horticulture option, students receive training in horticulture, plant identification, botany, entomology, soil science, business, and computer applications. The Landscape Development option prepares students to work in the field of professional landscape contracting and landscape design. In addition to a core of horticulture and business courses, students are educated in landscape drafting, graphics, landscape plans, site engineering, landscape construction and computer-aided design and professional practices .

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the field of Horticultural Management will gain thousands of jobs between 2002 and 2012. Employment is expected to increase 22 percent in this decade. Careers in this field are not only abundant but lucrative as well. According to estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture estimates as well as the National Gardening Association the green industry is a multibillion dollar industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, salaries can go as high as $115,000 a year with median between $50,000 and $80,000.

For more information, contact Dr. Gary Brown, Chair, at 934-420-2113.