You can take horticulture classes at discount price at NCCC

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You can take college horticulture classes without being a full-time student or earning a degree, and the tuition is less.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is opening a limited number of seats in horticulture classes through its community education department.

“We were constantly getting requests from folks who want to be able to take our classes, but don’t want to earn a degree,” said Carolyn A. Stanko, an NCCC assistant professor who coordinates the college’s horticulture program. She is also a senior Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.

“They are very interested in our courses because we focus on sustainable horticultural practices and recent trends with lots of hands-on learning. Now we can provide them with the comprehensive professional education they want via this community education option.”

Anyone can participate in the community education option. The tuition is much lower than regular tuition. The status can be converted to a credit-bearing class if you decide to pursue a certificate or degree later.

There is also a senior audit for people ages 60 or over that is non-credit. Tuition is free.

Instructors for the coming semester are Vicki Jancef, Theresa Marone, Tom Mitchell, Stanko and Sharon Webber.

The NCCC Horticulture Program Community Education Classes for Fall of 2016 begin Aug. 29 and end on Dec. 16.

To sign up, go to their website and click “Enroll Now.”

The classes are:

Floral Design I

Hands-on course focusing on the principles of design (aesthetics and technical skills) and the history and utilization of floral art in society. Course includes projects and design critiques. Mondays 6-7:50 p.m. and Tuesdays 6-8:50 p.m. $200

Landscape Design I

Learn the process for residential design by working through the design process. Class develops site assessment skills, drawing technique, and visual communication of designs on paper. Landscape design principles, elements, and graphics standards are emphasized. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 –10:50 a.m. $100

Landscape Installation & Maintenance

Learn techniques for installing and maintaining trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in the landscape, with an emphasis on industry practices and the latest research. Course includes landscape hand tools and power equipment use and operation, and basic construction techniques. Mondays 8–9:50 a.m. and Wednesdays 8–10:50 a.m. $100

Greenhouse Management

Introduces principles of commercial greenhouse management. Includes an introduction to hydroponics production. Some classes will be spent in the campus greenhouse. Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 –4:45 p.m. $100

For more information, contact Carolyn Stanko at 614-6423 or







4 Comments on “You can take horticulture classes at discount price at NCCC

  1. Soon to retire looking to continue working and as a senior I’m very interested in your program

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