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Commercial lawn care education at college

JCLawn and more

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
MI
I was wondering if any of you went to college for this. If so, where? Do you think it helped you? I don't live to far form Michigan Sate and I have considered going to college for this. I was wondering if it is worth the money.
 

FourTrees

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Zone 6
If you are looking to go the education route look into getting a bachelors degree in business with a minor in horticulture.

And yes any education helps; whether it is formal college, seminars, community class, or personal research.
 

FourTrees

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Zone 6
Accounting is great. I was in that program for a couple of years and as you will also take plenty of other business class in that program it is a great idea. I wanted to go more towards entrepreneurship than accounting so I switched half way through, but both had very similar classes required up to about the second year.

I still would recommend the minor in horticulture, if you enjoy or want to pursue the grounds maintenance portion of a career.

I know that many jobs such as head grounds keeper for major organizations or cities would look highly upon an individual with business degree, minor in horticulture, and field experience.
 
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JCLawn and more

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
MI
Ya, I love it so far. There is a lot to learn, I don't know anything about as far as keeping everything green. I would like to learn about how to maintain the grounds and not just cut the grass. I think horticulture would be good.
 

jtk47

LawnSite Member
Location
MS
I am in the landscape construction program at Mississippi State, I love it also. We are in the same department as Landscape architecture so we get alot of design experience through the program also. In our program we get a minor in business and take many plant materials, soil, and turf classes. We also take bidding classes and irrigation classes directed straight at our industry. I feel that it will help help me in the industry as I venture into it in May. The big thing would be to just check the curriculum that the university offers. I know we always face Mich. State at the Planet student career days and seem to be well represented. If anything else let me know..
 

mowerbrad

LawnSite Fanatic
Michigan State has a Turf Grass Science program, you could do that as a minor to your accounting. They have quite the options for classes. I actually considered going there for their Turf Management program and do that as a minor, but I ended up going the medical route and started my EMT-paramedic training. But MSU has great farming/ag programs, some of the best around.
 

grassman177

LawnSite Fanatic
i have a degree in turf managment and hort, and it def gave me an advatage over the competition when it comes to understanding turf issues. a better perspecitve than most, and i truly believe my customers can tell that when they talk to me.
 
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