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  • Applied Plant Science Dual Enrollment Certificates and Associate Degree Program (Northwestern Michigan)

    Location:

    Two or three plant science courses are offered each Fall and Spring semester in Traverse City and are held in the evening at the NMC University Center. Some classes are offered by two-way interactive television system that connects you to MSU East Lansing campus faculty.  Other classes are taught on-site by MSU faculty and additional highly qualified and experienced individuals.

    Description:

    This combined program enables students to complete an Associate’s degree and certificate program, without leaving northern Michigan.  Students can choose from a MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology Applied Plant Science Certificate with a specialization in  Landscape Horticulture or in Commercial Horticulture Operations, along with a NMC, NCMC, KCC, or WSCC Associate’s degree in Applied Science (AAS) or Science and Arts (ASA).

    Each student receives one-on-one help selecting a program of study, which includes an “on-the-job” internship opportunity. Taking advantage of world-acclaimed expertise and close-to-home convenience, the program provides professionals in the industry a chance to sharpen technical skills, keep informed of the latest research and regulatory information, and improve management practices. Graduates will enjoy a wide range of career and employment choices.

  • Golf Turfgrass Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Institute of Agricultural Technology: 120 Agriculture Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    This two-year certificate offers training in Turfgrass Management with a golf course emphasis directed toward preparing the student for a career as a golf course superintendent. This 18-month technical training program consists of two 15-week semesters and two 10-week semesters, for a total of 54 credits. A certificate is granted at the completion of the program requirements.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Green Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Correctly identifying the pest is the first step in IPM problem-solving. Our pocket-sized scouting guides and their related web pages feature common diseases, insect pests and beneficial species. Those for the green industry include guides for:

    •     IPM Scouting in herbaceous perennials
    •     IPM Scouting in woody landscape plants
    •     Identifying weeds in nurseries and landscapes
    •     Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control.
  • Landscape and Lawn Management Dual Enrollment Certificate and Associate Degree Program (Grand Rapids)

    Location:

    The program uses multiple course delivery methods. MSU offers two to three courses each fall and spring semester in the evening at locations in Grand Rapids. All classes are taught on-site by MSU faculty or highly qualified industry leaders. Other MSU courses will be taught via distance learning, an interactive television system that connects students and classmates to the best instructors possible.

    Description:

    The Landscape and Lawn Management Certificate combines horticulture courses with business courses and an industry related internship to fulfill the program. The combination of courses is delivered by the Institute of Agricultural Technology and Grand Rapids Community College which together fulfill the Certificate requirements. Students in the program are also able to earn an Associate’s Degree from GRCC by taking only a few more classes.

    This Certificate leads to employment in landscaping, turfgrass, and plant nursery industries. The required professional internship gives students direct applied experience in preparation of job placement or enhancing current skills.

  • Landscape and Lawn Management Program (Montcalm)

    Description:

    The Landscape and Lawn Management Certificate program combines horticulture courses with business courses and an industry related internship to fulfill the program. The combination of courses are delivered by MSU's Institute of Agricultural Technology and Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan, which together fulfill the Certificate requirements.

    This Certificate leads to employment in landscaping, turfgrass, and plant nursery industries. The required professional internship gives students direct applied experience in preparation of job placement or enhancing current skills.

  • Landscape and Lawn Management Program (Muskegon, MI)

    Description:

    The Landscape and Lawn Management Certificate program combines horticulture courses with business courses and an industry related internship to fulfill the program. The combination of courses are delivered by the Institute of Agricultural Technology and Muskegon Community College which together fulfill the Certificate requirements.

    This Certificate leads to employment in landscaping, turfgrass, and plant nursery industries. The required professional internship gives students direct applied experience in preparation of job placement or enhancing current skills.

  • Landscape and Nursery Management Certificate Program (East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    240D Plant & Soil Science Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Landscape and Nursery Certificate Program offers specialized training in landscape and nursery that combines the theories and principles of classroom instruction with the practical experience gained through a professional internship within the industry. The curriculum combines the foundations of plant growth and development, the related sciences influencing plant growth such as soils, entomology and pathology, with the mechanical aspects of production systems and equipment operations. Graduates of this program use their knowledge of plant growth and development, plant identification, pruning, fertilization, integrated pest management, and problem solving to maximize the beauty of outdoor spaces. The program consists of two 15-week semesters and one 10-week semester and an internship experience, for a total of 48 credits. Upon completion, the student receives a certificate and is prepared for entry into nursery production, landscape design/construction, landscape maintenance and garden center operations.

  • Landscape and Nursery Resources

    Description:

    Includes seasonal updates and advice; weather resources; scouting resources; and current green industry issues.

  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program

    Location:

    7113 Demerly Road, Benzonia, MI 49616

    Description:

    This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. This program is based around 12 modules that need to be completed for certification. Once completed a site visit is conducted to verify all items are completed by a trained MTESP Stewardship Specialist.

  • Michigan Turfgrass Growing Degree Day Tracker Web Site

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.gddtracker.net/

    Description:

    The Michigan Turfgrass Growing Degree Day Tracker Website helps golf course managers predict the best timing for applications. This site uses predictive models that incorporate climatological data, which provides more consistent results than using the calendar. The site starts calculating growing degree days on March 1, and lists the latest totals for 91 weather stations across Michigan. The totals are updated daily throughout the spring.

  • MSU Turf Weeds.net

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.msuturfweeds.net/

    Description:

    This Website describes the key identification characteristics of common and not-so-common turfgrass weeds found in Michigan and the Midwest. Correct identification is the first step to proper management, and this site is filled with over 320 images to help professionals manage their turf.

  • Sport & Commercial Turf Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    This 54-credit, 19-month certificate program in Sport & Commercial Turf Management is an integrated program that emphasizes the science and art of turf management using landscape, mechanical, and business skills. The core of the learning experience is the internship, in which students receive on-the-job training with pay. Training in Sport and Commercial Turf Management allows students to choose from a multitude of career options such as professional lawn care, grounds management, athletic turf management, landscape maintenance, turf and ornamental consulting, sod farming, and highway right-of-way maintenance. A certificate is granted at the completion of the program requirements.

  • Turfgrass Information Center and Database

    Location:

    100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database has over 140,000 searchable items using over 300,000 keywords, covering the full scope of the turfgrass industry. TIC organizes, summarizes, and points to the most comprehensive, publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. The Center collects materials on turf research, turf culture, and the management of turf facilities; develops and continually refines an online system to provide access to the collected material; and helps individuals identify and locate materials in the collection and on the Web.

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