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Environmental Life Science

The Environmental Life Science programs at CVCC give students the choice of two career paths, Turfgrass Management and Horticulture Technology.

Environmental Vocational Programs

Welcome to the Environmental Life Sciences Division. If you enjoy working with plants and being outdoors, the ELS Division may help you find a career. Our division is divided into two programs. 

You can pursue an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Turfgrass Management or Horticulture Technology. Both programs include actual hands-on experience and co-op work experience arranged and supervised by faculty and professional industry personnel.

Turfgrass Management prepares you for jobs to keep some of the most beautiful golf courses and recreational sites in tip-top condition. Horticulture Technology offers training in landscape design, landscape maintenance, residential irrigation, nursery, and greenhouse industries. Learn more below!

» Turfgrass Management Technology Program

» Turfgrass Management Technology - Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)

» Horticulture Technology Program

» Horticulture Technology - Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)

» Alumni Reunion Photos 2008

NC A&T State University




2+2 online transfer agreement with N.C. A & T State University.

» Learn more about the N.C. A&T University program.


Penn State University

» Penn State University Turfgrass Program

The Environmental Life Science Division now offers Internet classes!

We now offer two Internet courses in Horticulture: HOR 164 Horticulture Pest Management & HOR 166 Soils & Fertilizers. We also offer an Internet course in Turfgrass: TRF 110 Introduction to Turfgrass.

More good news: More Internet courses are in the works, even an Internet Certificate Program In Horticulture.


Jimmy Abernathy
828-327-7000, ext. 4250

David Clanton 
828-327-7000, ext. 4670