Horticulture program now accredited

Kelly Wynne, News Editor

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has recognized College of DuPage’s horticulture program. The national association has accredited the program, providing a peace of mind to horticulture students. Because the program is now accredited, students will be able to transfer credits easily, as well as be taken seriously by possible employers.

COD is now one of only three Illinois institutions to be accredited by NALP.

The horticulture field is currently lacking workers, meaning that with COD’s accreditation, graduates will be in high demand. COD also offers a wide variety of horticulture classes, giving students a vast amount of variation in their knowledge and letting them construct their degree to their interests.

Specialty degree focuses include floral shop management, greenhouse management, landscape turf management, nursery and garden center management and landscape design and construction.

Students can receive certificates in each of the above domains or can pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree.

The COD program hopes to continue growing, starting with the addition of at least one more class within the next year.

For more information on the horticulture program at COD visit www.cod.edu/programs/horticulture/inderx.aspx.