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Landscape Contracting (AS Degree)
Why choose a career in Landscape Contracting?
Landscape Contracting is a major component of the "green industries," a term covering the businesses that grow, market, produce, design, and maintain plants, trees, turf, and landscaped areas. It is the fastest growing sector of agriculture in New England. It is a good time to be in the field, with residential and commercial construction on the rise.
Opportunities in Landscape Contracting are growing
Landscape design firms, garden centers, and nurseries are eager to hire trained people who have an interest in the field. The main factor limiting company growth in the industry today is a shortage of labor. With just a two-year investment in an education, you will be prepared to enter this attractive field.
Industry supports students with scholarships
Landscape associations, including the Associated Landscape Contractors of Massachusetts and the Professional Grounds Management Society, award scholarships to eligible Stockbridge students each year. In addition, garden clubs and horticultural societies provide scholarships to students who are interested in the study of landscape design and horticulture.
About Landscaping Contracting
The Landscape Contracting program develops a student's ability to design, implement, and maintain landscape projects. The program is one of several design/build/plan related degrees offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and administered through the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The program curriculum is divided into three basic areas:
- Landscape Construction
- Small Scale Design
Each of these areas are closely interrelated so that the completion of each semester continues building on the educational foundation laid in previous semesters. The overall goal is to graduate individuals who can address a wide range of landscape related issues from identifying pest and disease problems to designing an outdoor living space that responds to client needs, existing conditions and budget issues.
New England Regional Student Program (NERSP)
Students who are residents of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont are eligible for reduced tuition through the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). Get an overview of how the program works, or visit the NERSP website for more details.