TRU horticulture foundation program begins March 28

Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus will soon welcome its first intake of students to its new horticulture program.

Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus will soon welcome its first intake of students to its new Horticulture Technician Foundation Program.

This is an ITA certified certificate program, said TRU marketing co-ordinator Myrissa Krenzler.

The course is 900 hours in duration and will be delivered over 36 weeks, beginning March 28.

This program will provide the foundation knowledge required to become a landscape horticulturalist.

Students select, handle and utilize trees, shrubs and ornamental plants and turf grasses for the design, development and maintenance of public and private landscaping spaces.

They also prepare soil, plants, cultivate, prune and irrigate to maintain plant vigour. The students also learn to control plant pests utilizing appropriate integrated pest management techniques.

This program is intended to serve as a common core towards years one and two of production horticulturalist, landscape horticulturalist and arboriculturalist and enable graduates to follow multiple career paths.

People interested in the program are asked to contact the TRU Williams Lake admissions office at 250-392-8020 or email wlmain@tru.ca.

For more information, please visit http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades/horticulture.html.