The American River College Horticulture Department offers classes for everyone in the community. Whether you are a garden hobbyist, already working in the field or maybe you have just purchased your first home and know nothing about landscaping, you want to start your own plant nursery, or you want to do floral designs for special events, we have something for you. The teaching staff have organized a program of instruction that will appeal to just about everyone. Students may earn their Associate of Science degree, work toward Certificates in Horticulture, or just take classes for their own interest.
The curriculum has been designed to be "student-friendly." Most classes have lectures that present the most up to date information in a variety of subject matter as well as laboratory sessions where students can practice and perfect the hands-on skills that can be taken back to the job or home landscape.
Classes are offered in both the day as well as a complete program in the evening. Students who have taken just one course or completed the entire program are spread throughout our community and the local horticulture industry.
Graduates are employed in a variety of businesses ranging from retail garden centers and growers, floral design to landscape design, landscape installation and maintenance, as well as with golf courses and park departments, and floral wholesalers. Many are self-employed and others have gone on to four-year universities to earn their advanced degrees.
So, whether you need to know how to take better care of your house plants or start a vegetable garden, come join us. Maybe you are at a stage in your life where you are thinking about a career change or are looking for an enjoyable and rewarding outdoor career. Perhaps you are already employed in horticulture and in need of upgrading your skills.