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Ideal for

NVCC is excited to offer courses designed to meet the needs of farmers/producers in our region. If you are looking to add knowledge and skills to your resume as an agricultural production worker or maybe just get ahead of the entry level competition then these courses may be for you.

Program Overview

A career in agriculture/horticulture may take you in a multitude of directions. Many people work in a variety of agriculture enterprises to produce food, fiber, and fuel, which are essential to daily life. Agriculture education includes learning about agriculture systems, natural resource management, science, business, communication, and leadership.

Course Locations

 Conveniently offered at our Waterbury Campus.



Plant Physiology & Propagation

Learn the fundamentals of plant growth, tissue development, and associated resistance factors. Topics will include seed/cutting propagation, the role of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and plant transpiration. Practice propagating spring bedding plants from seeds, cuttings, and division. Learn methods of sanitation for prepping a facility for potted plants. Hands-on tutorials, in-class lab assignments and textbook will be provided.

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Greenhouse Structures & Operational Equipment

Components of greenhouse construction and the equipment utilized within them will be explored in this class. A focus will be on the development of greenhouse structures   from   a   business   planning   viewpoint with emphasis on cost effectiveness, potential crop production strategies, and retail/commercial considerations.  Additional instruction will review hands-on operation of equipment utilized for heating/ cooling, fertilization/irrigation, crop cultivation, and automated computer controls for greenhouses. Hands- on tutorials, in-class lab assignments and textbook will be provided.

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Environmental Influences on Plant Growth

Discover the diversity of environmental conditions and their influence on crop growth.  Learn how light, temperature, humidity and water influence crop cultivation.  Study the physiological changes occurring in plants when variables are changed. Discover, through hands-on tutorials and in-class lab assignments, how these variable effect flower initiation, vegetative growth, and scheduling a crop for marketable sales.  The textbook and instructional supplies are provided and included in the cost of the course.

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Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouses

Learn how to employ an integrated pest management program for greenhouse crop production. Topics will include greenhouse sanitation strategies, pest scouting and identification, biological control agents, and curative control methods. This module will also include an emphasis on decision making for pest prevention in greenhouse production.  Hands-on tutorials and in-class lab assignments will be provided.

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Business Planning & Crop Scheduling

Gain an understanding of business planning methods for the greenhouse industry. Topics  will  cover  the creation of a business plan,  profit/loss  accounting strategies for  greenhouse businesses, and  ordering techniques for future sales. The material will cover real- life examples taken from various seasons and greenhouse typologies.

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Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

Related Degree and Certificate Programs that may interest you.

Horticulture-Associates of Science

Important Information

Important Information

Registration is requested a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of class.

Registration Information

Course Registration

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

Workers in this occupation may manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, grading, sorting, packing and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) designates the job category for Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Green house as an In Demand Job Openings occupation in our State. A 12.4% growth in these types of jobs is projected by 2020. The CTDOL also reports the average annual income as $27,269. Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers are also projected to grow by 8.9% by 2020 and their annual salary is $48,495.

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