if your tech school doesnt have any business class which i cant imagine they wouldn't and you want to focus on the horiculture class then try and take some business class at night at a community college
I glad I found this after my vague email from earlier. From my expirence at Milwaukee Area Tech College, The hort classes are pretty good. Like any school you get what you make of it. MATC splits it into career tracks whether you want to do Construction, Maintenance/Arboricutlute, or Design. They used to have a garden center and sales track but due to lack of interest they dropped it.
They have a focus on Plant ID, they have a basic tree/evergreen ID class, more indepth shrub and tree, annual and perinnal, and turf classes that go more into ID and culture of speices of plants. Note the turf class when I took it, focused more on sports turf, and the northern grass speices. But they did touch on the southern grasses like st. augustine, zoyisa, and bermuda but again they don't grow here. Also there is a section in a class that goes into "weed" identifcation and how to deal with it.
There is classes that do go into the business end but I'd have to say they are not like a stand alone business class. They have a bidding and estimating class but honestly its just a landscaping alegbra class. Marketing and Communications does focus on just as the title says but again it touches the base of it.
Also they have design classes if you want to learn something about placing plants in a landscape using size, color, texture, fall color, etc. I would seriously recommend these classes if you are looking at more of the construction side of landscaping. Anybody can dig a hole(s) and shove a plant in it, but a great landscaper with some design background can make it look good and know what is going to be more maintenance friendly.
The business end though they touch the importance of say using a contract but didn't go into business law of actually writing a contract.
MATC is the only campus that offers those classes in mequan? Sounds like exacatly what i would want to learn. Yep i would like to get into the designing/construction side as well. Are you planning on working for someone else or getting your business going?
yes only in meqoun, they have all the equipment up and green houses up there, but for the general and electives can be taken at any campus. I'd rather work for myself, and find something part/full time till the loans are paid off.