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Sustainable Landscape Technology program offered at Fayette campus

12/16/2010 —
Individuals working in the landscape contracting industry and others interested in learning about sustainable methods of landscaping may benefit from a special six-course certificate program being offered at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus beginning in January 2011. This 17-credit certificate program can be completed in as little as 15 months and will be offered simultaneously at Penn State Beaver and The Penn State Center in Pittsburgh.

Penn State Fayette Director of Outreach and Continuing Education Joe Segilia explains, “This program is designed for the beginning landscaper, but also will be of interest to the experienced landscape contractor who wants a refresher course in sustainable landscape technology. Landscape contractors will learn about relevant technology that will enable them to be more competitive in the marketplace. Plus, the course schedule is planned around the busiest times of the industry. Courses are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings in a compressed schedule January through March and October through December. But these courses will also be of interest to serious gardeners who want to gain academic credentials in horticulture.”

Classes include “Horticultural Science,” “Herbaceous Perennial and Annual Identification,” “Ornamental Plant Materials,” “Turf and Ornamental Weed Control,” “Landscape Plant Establishment and Maintenance,” and “Computer Applications for Landscaping Contracting.” Students will learn how environmental and physiological conditions and management practices are used to produce, grow and maintain ornamental plants, and how those practices affect the landscape.

The first two classes begin the week of Jan. 11. For more information or to register, call Penn State Fayette’s Continuing Education office at 724-430-4211.
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