Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    Horticulture is the intensive study of plants across the areas of science, technology, and business. An education in horticulture can prepare a student for occupations on local as well as international levels of operation. Our program prepares students for jobs in landscape design and maintenance and a variety of other career opportunities.

    Courses We Offer:

    • Urban Forestry
    • Horticulture Science (1 credit)
    • Landscape Design/Management
    • Greenhouse Production/Management
    • Sports Turf Grass Production Management
    • Residential Landscape Management
    • Nursery Production and Management


    Agriculture Food and Natural Resources

    This cluster focuses on the renewable resources we come into contact with every day. Learning how agriculture grows and how it interacts with energy, trade, and food supplies can go a long way in this field.

    Useful Traits

    • Organization
    • Adaptability to unique circumstances
    • Creativity to deal with crop setbacks
    • Love of outdoors

    Things You Will Learn

    • Traits of different types of soil/plants
    • How to read landscape plans
    • Methods of handling various plants
    • Equipment uses

    Certification Offered:

    Landscape Design (LD) Permit

    Landscape Management Technician

    Setting of Landscape Plants (SLP) Permit

    Turfgrass Management Certification

    Landscape Design and Plant Materials Certification

    Urban Forestry Technician

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    Integrated Pest Management Certification

    Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

    • WCCT has an active chapter of Future Farmers of America

    College: Wallace State Community College

    Wallace State offers Assoc. Degrees of Applied Sciences, Long Term Certificates, Short Term Certificates in Agriculture. In addition, students can enroll in a 2+2 Poultry Science program that partners with Auburn University.

    Wallace State has no minimum grade or score requirements for students who earn the Alabama High School Diploma, but all students must complete the COMPASS Placement Test prior to admission.


    • Assoc. of Applied Science:    Cost: $10671  -  Credit Hours: 74 Length: 6 terms
    • Long Term Certificate:         Cost: $8655  -  Credit Hours: 60 Length: 4 terms

    • Short Term Certificate:        Cost: $3183  -  Credit Hours: 22 Length: 2 terms

      *cost only accounts for credit hours



    Employment Opportunities

    • Local Landscaper
      • Education needed: Some high school
      • Wages: $11.68/hour
      • Certification(s) Needed: none
    • Forrester
      • Education Needed: Bachelor’s Degree
      • Entry Level Salary: $37000
      • Certification(s) Needed
    • Landscape Artchitect
      • Education Needed: Bachelor’s degree
      • Wage: $31.04/hr, $64570/yr
      • Certifiers: Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, Irrigation Association 

    On The Job Training

    Ask your career coach, counselor or instructorfor options to gain real world experience in this field.



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    Information taken from the Alabama State Department of Education

    Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development

    Section and from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Onet Online.

    Director: Chris McCullar

    Asst. Director: Kristi Cain

    Counselor: Kelli Adkins

    Career Coach: Shawna McCullar

    Phone: 205-387-0519

    Fax: 205-384-5170

    Walker County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Ref: Sec. 1983, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C.; Title VI and VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sec. 504; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972; Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Walker County Board of Education, P.O. Box 311, Jasper, AL 35502 Phone: 205-387-0555