Sustainable Urban Horticulture, Advanced Certificate

College(s):

DA

Program Code: 0828

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
STTRDE 136Basic Horticulture3
STTRDE 137Managing Urban Green Space3
STTRDE 138Horticultural Plant Science3
STTRDE 139Urban Horticultural Floral3
STTRDE 140Greenhouse Crop Production4
STTRDE 141Soil Fertility and Assessment3
STTRDE 142Management of Plant and Animal Invasion3
STTRDE 143Sustainable Farming Practices4
Required Work-Based Learning Courses
STTRDE 144Practicum/Internship5
Total Hours31

Pathway

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Horticulture (Sustainable Urban). It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Advanced Certificate (AC). 

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
STTRDE 136 Basic Horticulture 3
STTRDE 138 Horticultural Plant Science 3
 Hours6
Semester 2
STTRDE 137 Managing Urban Green Space 3
STTRDE 140 Greenhouse Crop Production 4
STTRDE 141 Soil Fertility and Assessment 3
 Hours10
Semester 3
STTRDE 139 Urban Horticultural Floral 3
STTRDE 142 Management of Plant and Animal Invasion 3
STTRDE 143 Sustainable Farming Practices 4
 Hours10
Semester 4
STTRDE 144 Practicum/Internship 5
 Hours5
 Total Hours31

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program is offered annually from February through October, and applications for the program are due in the fall. 

Eligibility requirements: 

  • At least a high school diploma or GED 

  • Eligible to enroll in the City Colleges of Chicago (no account holds) 

Careers

This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Job Description

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Emsi earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$18,778
Median 50th Percentile$28,364
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$50,902

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$9
Median 50th Percentile$14
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$24

Annual Job Openings

199 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less92.03%
A certificate0.18%
Some college1.14%
An Associate degree1.48%
A Bachelor's degree1.30%
A Master's or Professional degree3.86%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

5.16% continue their education beyond an associate degree

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Job Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Emsi earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$7,954
Median 50th Percentile$40,205
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$186,745

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$4
Median 50th Percentile$19
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$90

Annual Job Openings

285 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less4.16%
A certificate8.82%
Some college18.50%
An Associate degree23.84%
A Bachelor's degree44.67%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

44.67% continue their education beyond an associate degree