NALP Accredits DuPage Horticulture
Only Third Such Endorsement in Illinois
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has accredited the horticulture program at the College of DuPage near Chicago. This is only the third accreditation the NALP has approved in the state of Illinois.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has accredited only three horticulture programs in the state of Illinois. The most recent addition is the College of DuPage, a community college just outside of Chicago.
NALP accreditations are the only endorsements of horticulture-landscape programs that are acknowledged on a nationwide level. As a result, its accreditations carry a certain level of prestige.
"This accreditation provides national recognition that graduates of COD's horticulture program are well-prepared to enter the field with the skills and knowledge they need to not only succeed, but excel in their career," said Brian Clement, horticulture instructor at College of DuPage.
"It (an NALP accreditation) is designed to recognize programs that meet or exceed industry standards, and provide guidance to improve current programs while providing local and national recognition," the College of DuPage said in a news release.
A shortage of qualified employees in the horticulture and landscape industries will ensure that College of DuPage's horticulture graduates will be in high demand, Clement said.
"Companies cannot find enough skilled workers to fill their positions," he said. "According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation, the industry hires a staggering 300,000 employees each year. We need more talented men and women seeking careers in this industry, and companies know any student from an accredited school has the training and skills to enter the workforce and make an impact right away."
DuPage offers associate degrees in horticulture, as well as certificates in floral shop management, greenhouse management, horticulture, landscape design and construction, landscape and turf management, nursery and garden center management, and sustainable landscapes.
The NALP has accredited DuPage's program for three years, but the school plans to beef up its course offerings and degree programs in order to receive the maximum accreditation of seven years.
New York Universities Form Partnership
A recently approved agreement between two New York State universities will make it easier for landscape contracting graduates to transition to a master's program in landscape architecture.
The agreement is between State University of New York Cobleskill and SUNY's Environmental Science and Forestry School. With this partnership in place, qualified Bachelor of Technology of Landscape Contracting graduates at Cobleskill can easily transition into the ESF's Master of Landscape Architecture field of study.
SUNY ESF's Master of Landscape Architecture program is prestigious and well respected because of its emphasis on land stewardship, sustainability and green infrastructure, and community, environmental and ecological design planning. ESF admits less than 20 students annually into the Master's of Landscape Architecture.
SUNY Cobleskill bachelor's degree students will be accepted if they meet the requirements of the master's program, including a strong grade point average, competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and completion of all prerequisite courses.
Landscape architecture requires rigorous professional training and licensure. The SUNY Cobleskill Landscape Contracting program provides a foundation in horticulture, business and landscape design, science and sustainability.
SUNY Cobleskill has established similar agreements with veterinary, medical and law schools, and masters programs in education, public administration, agricultural education, applied psychology, business administration (MBA), biological sciences and communications. Some of those partner institutions include The College of Saint Rose, Sage College of Albany, SUNY Cortland, Virginia Tech, Albany Law School, Utica College, SUNY Plattsburgh, The College of New Rochelle and SUNY Brockport.