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Sport Grounds Maintenance (HORT)
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Program Overview:
Landscapers and Groundskeepers are incorporated into the career cluster of agriculture, food, and natural resources. Landscapers and groundskeepers plant and take care of flowers, lawns, shrubs, and trees. Groundskeepers do routine or special types of maintenance for athletic fields, golf courses, cemetery grounds, and park and recreational facilities. These individuals are often classified as either grounds managers or grounds maintenance personnel. They maintain a variety of facilities including athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks. Grounds managers have a strong knowledge of plants, landscape design, pest management, irrigation, and erosion control and have supervisory duties. Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for plants, maintain playgrounds and athletic fields, clean buildings, and pick up litter. Other tasks performed by landscapers and groundskeepers include: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

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Semester 1
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HRT 1208
Introduction to Horticulture
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Introduction to Horticulture will acquaint the student with a basic understanding of plants' form and function. This course will cover employability opportunities and skills necessary for employment which will be reinforced throughout the remainder of the program.

HRT 2201
Landscape Design & Construction
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This course is a continuation of HRT 1204, Landscape Design and Installation. Students are exposed to landscape implementation and construction techniques. Materials covered include:landscape bed and edging installation, patio and deck installation as well as walks, steps and retaining walls. Other topics included are: pools, fountains, bridges, boulders, landscape containers and lighting. PREREQUISITE: HRT 1204 Landscape Design and Installation or concurrent enrollment in HRT 1204.

HRT 2205
Turf Grass Management
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This course material includes turfgrass identification, propagation, and maintenance for lawns, athletic fields, and golf courses. Topics include: irrigation, sodding techniques, weeds identification, insects, disease identification and control, sports field industry, new developments in grass cultivars, soil drainage, fertilization, and pesticide use. Other topics presented are: business management practices and selection of turfgrasses and equipment.

HRT 2207
Landscape Plant Maintenance
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This course will cover the practical application of grounds maintenance techniques. Topics presented include: pruning, marketing landscape maintenance, estimating, personnel management, water and fertilization management, the use of color and maintenance of equipment.

Term Total
12
Semester 2
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SP2018
GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

HRT 1202
Pest Control
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This course will provide identification of major pests, their life cycles and the damage they cause. Feasibility and methods of pest control are covered including the proper use and identification and use of pesticides. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to pass the Illinois Commercial Pesticide Operator Core Test and the Private Pesticide Applicator Test.

HRT 1204
Landscape Design and Installation
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This course presents the principles of landscape design, their application and use in solving specific landscape issues. Topics discussed include: identification and establishment of landscape needs, site analysis, landscape architectural sign language, selection of landscape materials and structures, steps involved in the backward process of design, plant material characteristics (with regard to form, texture, and color), plant material selection, and the identification of the architectural relationship of the plant materials to the structures in the public and private areas of the landscape.

HRT 2210
Special Topics in Horticulture
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This is a special topics class in horticulture.

HRT 2212
Hort Computer Applications
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This course is designed to provide horticulture major's basic computer skills needed to successfully function in the horticulture business environment. Basic applications in Microsoft Office will be covered including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and how they apply to the Horticulture field. Entrepreneurial skill development and critical thinking are emphasized through horticultural applications, lab exercises and projects.

Term Total
14
Summer Semester
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HRT 2216
Internship
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This course is an internship designed to specifically provide hands on work experience in the field of horticulture. The program coordinator and supervisor work together to document the work experience. The internship is based on 75 contact hours of work experience for each semester credit hour. PREREQUISITE: Completion of the first-year's program requirements or consent of the instructor.

Term Total
3
Program Total
29


We recommend that you contact an advisor before enrolling in any degree, certificate, or transfer program to ensure all requirements are met including total hours associated with transfer courses.

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