Q: Do I have to take the entire program or can I take individual classes?
A: The horticulture program operates under the co-hort class concept. This means that classes are taught during a 6 hour block of time 4 days a week (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:30 am to 1:30 pm) and most classes don't have a set start or end time. Because of this, taking an individual class can be difficult. The only class that is offered separate from the program is Plant Identification. To learn more, email us or call @ 425-739-8279.
Q: How is your program different from other horticulture schools in the area?
A: Because the horticulture program operates under the co-hort style of education (see above), students follow the same classmates and instructor through the entire program. The result upon graduation is a built-in, tight-knit network of horticulturists. Another major difference relates to our schools original mandate as a technical college. Though we are a member of the community college system, the educational style is still oriented towards a technical education. Classes include a significant hands-on component. Many classes include field trips, guest speakers and practical experiences. Once-in-a-lifetime program experiences include a student run plant sale, green industry work experiences, and intensive involvement in the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
Q: What do I need to get started? Are there prerequisites?
A: There are no admission requirements for this program, all you need to do is apply. Many of the classes do, however, have prerequisites (ABED 046 and MATH 070, or equivalent placement scores). Prerequisites may be fulfilled by submitting transcripts from another institution, taking classes or taking the Compass Test. For more info visit the main LWTech Website . To get started, contact the instructors at 425-739-8279 to ask questions or schedule a visit to tour the facilities and discuss our program. Alternatively, you can enroll here immediately.
Q: When can I enroll?
A: The program has an open enrollment policy, which means that you can enroll for the start of any quarter. The program runs year round giving you 4 starting points per year!
Q: How much does it cost and are financial aid and/or scholarships available?
Q: What sort of jobs are available upon graduation from the program?
A: Knowledgeable horticulturists are in high demand. Jobs and careers obtained after graduation vary widely, often depending upon what skills the student brings with them to the program. Your horticultural education may be combined with other skills to obtain careers in the nursery or landscaping industry. Typical jobs include landscape installation and maintenance, estate gardening, arboriculture, nursery sales, golf course maintenance, turf grass technician, horticultural products sales representation, administrative positions within green industry companies, and much more. According to the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS), in the Puget Sound region gardeners and groundskeepers average $14.60 to $20.90 per hour. To see what jobs are currently available, visit our job board.
Q: What is the background and education level of your typical student?
A: We have a broad spectrum of students. Some of the people your will meet here are career changers, worker re-trainees, stay-at-home-parents, general interest gardeners and retirees. It is difficult to put a label on our students as they come from all walks of life, education and experience backgrounds.