Frequently Asked Questions
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What degrees and certificates are offered?
I work days. Are there night courses?
Yes. In the first year of the program, most courses have both a day and a night section to choose from. In the second year courses, there is only one section offered of each course, but that is usually held nights.
Can I take classes part-time?
About half of our students take classes part-time.
Can I start the program at the beginning of any quarter?
Yes. In the first-year sequence of courses there are few prerequisites. Many second-year courses however require prerequisites. An individual course is usually only offered once a year at the same time every year. So if you're planning on completing a certain certificate or AAS degree in a certain period of time, planning is essential. If you miss a course it won't come around again for another year.
I have a prior college degree. Can any of those credits count?
Yes. If you have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, all 16 of your General Education credits and your WR 121 requirement is accepted. To receive credit for your previous college classes, please send an official transcript to PCC Student Records and request an evaluation. For more information, please visit the Transfer Credit Standards and Processes page. If you have taken Landscape or Horticulture classes at another college, you must first have your transcript evaluated by Student Records, and then may request another evaluation from the Landscape Department.
Do I need to take the COMPASS placement test?
If you transfer in both writing and math classes from an accredited college, then you are exempt from taking college placement tests. All other students are required to take all three COMPASS placement tests: Reading, Writing, and Math. For more information on testing, please visit the Placement Tests page.
Where do I start?
See What's Next? on the Landscape Technology homepage.
What's the job outlook for the green industry?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a higher than average growth for most sectors of the green industry (landscaping, grounds maintenance, retail and wholesale nurseries) through 2012. PCC's Student Employment Services reports more job listings in spring than students applying.
What is the average rate of pay for the landscape industry?
Pay varies based on education and field experience. See Careers in Landscape Technology for more information.
What is Cooperative Education or Cooperative Work Experience?
See the Program Overview page.
How can I find a job?
You can register with Student Employment and Cooperative Education Services. Once on the listserv, you will receive notice of jobs and internships as they are posted. These notices will be sent directly to your email account where you can view them at your convenience.