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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.

  • Applied Plant Science Program (Muskegon, MI)

    Location:

    Two or three plant science courses are offered each Fall and Spring semester in Benton Harbor and are held in the evening at Lake Michigan College. Some classes are offered by two-way interactive television system that connects you to MSU East Lansing campus faculty. Class meets in a special distance learning classroom which has interactive TV technology, there you can see, hear and talk to your instructor. Your instructor is able to answer your questions and speak to you directly. Other classes are taught, on-site by MSU faculty and additional highly qualified and experienced individuals. You may also connect to campus resources by computer and the Internet from home, work, and local libraries.

     

    Description:

    The Applied Plant Science program includes course work taught by faculty members from Lake Michigan College and Michigan State University. The degree and certificate programs contain specialty and general education course requirements which may vary some depending on area of study and community college associate degree requirements. Certificate options are available either in Viticulture or in the Applied Plant Science Program, with options in Commercial Horticulture Operations, Landscape Horticulture or Commercial Turfgrass Operations.

    The Southwest Michigan Applied Plant Science program offers this same type of specialized curriculum as the campus programs. It differs from the on-campus programs in some significant ways. First, it combines MSU courses, with community college courses. Student may simultaneously earn both an MSU Certificate and a community college Associate degree. Second, it brings MSU courses to you without the need move to East Lansing.

  • Garden Day Workshop (August 2017)

    Dates:

    Saturday, August 5, 2017.  8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

     

    Location:

    Plant & Soil Sciences Building on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    Join us for Garden Day 2017 and add a little spice to your life with Helen Yoest!  In Helen’s first presentation, Plants with Benefits, find out how 50 plants got their hot reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. You’ll learn how to grow these plants in your home garden and take away some delicious recipes! In her second presentation, My Forever Garden, find out how to make your garden managable and more desierable than ever, leading to years fo future enjoyment! Additionally, you’ll enjoy your choice of two engaging workshops, Garden tours and perusing our Green Garden Marketplace for plants, garden accessories and other great buys! Also included is morning coffee, lunch, materials and parking.

  • 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 Citizen Planner Classroom Program: Macomb County (March - May 2017)

    Dates:

    Class begins on March 9 and continues on Thursday evenings, 6 - 9 p.m., March 16, 23, 29, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 2017. There will be no class on April 6, 2017. The May 4 class is not required for the Citizen Planner certificate and may not be used as a substitute for a core class (1-7), but is required to be considered for a scholarship from Macomb County.

    Location:

    MSU Extension Office Assembly room, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

    Description:

    Michigan Citizen Planner offers a seven-week, non-credit course called “Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning” that leads to an optional certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. Earning the certificate involves the successful completion of seven core sessions.  Courses are held for consecutive weeks at a local facility. Each session is designed to be approximately 2½ hours in length and includes hands-on learning exercises. The seven core sessions of “Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning” provide a basic skill set and are required for certification. Participants with limited time may enroll in individual sessions of their choosing.

  • Michigan Natural Shoreline Educator Training (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 11, 2017.  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

    Description:

    The objectives of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership are to: Train contractors and landscape professionals about shoreline technologies and bio-engineered erosion control; Educate property owners about natural shorelines and technologies that benefit lake ecosystems; Research, demonstrate, and develop natural shoreline technologies that benefit lake ecosystems; Encourage local and state policies that promote natural shoreline management.

    In this training, participants will learn about the benefits of natural shoreline landscaping, bioengineering and erosion control on inland lakes.

  • Nursery and Christmas Tree Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s programing for the nursery and Christmas tree industries involves field Extension educators, campus based Extension specialists and researchers who provide timely and relevant educational programming. Our goal is deliver the latest science-based information to keep Michigan producers competitive and profitable in today’s economy.

  • Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting

    Location:

    Available from the MSU Extension Bookstore website.

    Description:

    The Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting are full of information about insects, diseases, physiological/chemical disorders, and natural enemies; and are designed to fit into a pocket for easy field use. There are guides for the following:

    • Highbush blueberries
    • Grapes in North Central and Eastern U.S.
    • Woody landscape plants
    • Stone fruits (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan apples (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan potatoes.
    • Herbaceous perennials
    • Christmas tree weed identification
    • Nurseries and landscapes weed identification
    • Natural enemies in crops and landscapes
  • Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 9 - 11, 2017

    Location:

    Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    The Second National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes will take place October 9-11, 2017 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with plants and pollinators in urban landscapes.

  • 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.

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