Program Description

The Garden to Market Specialist Technical Diploma is designed for anyone interested in market gardening and fruit and vegetable production in a variety of agricultural settings.

Learners will develop skills to start their own enterprises growing produce and other agriculture products to sell. Hands-on and classroom trainings are offered in both a hoop house and greenhouse lab setting.

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Approximate Program Cost

$5,109
Tuition: $5010 , Books: $99

Starting Salary

$15,082–$19,458
Average, according to Lightcast

Financial Aid

Available
Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Develop a small business operational plan
  • Demonstrate best management practices in developing a controlled plant environment
  • Prescribe effective pest management systems
  • Determine how to grow and manage a variety of garden plants

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Urban Farmer
  • Vineyard Worker
  • Garden Center Worker
  • Hydroponics Specialist
  • Integrated Pest Management Specialist
  • Plant Technician
  • Groundskeeper
  • Orchard Worker
  • Vegetable Grower
  • Farm Laborer
  • Nursery Worker
  • Floriculturist
  • Market Gardener
  • Plant Propagation Specialist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Greenhouse Grower

Courses

The Garden to Market Specialist Technical Diploma is a 36 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO SOILS 2.00
AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT SAFETY 2.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
ORIENTATION TO THE HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY 1.00
DESIGNING AND TIMING YOUR GARDEN 2.00
FRUIT CROP PRODUCTION 2.00
GREENHOUSE OPERATION AND DESIGN 1.00

Second Term

PLANT SCIENCE BASICS 3.00
FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
PESTICIDE/FERTILIZER APPLICATIONS 2.00
COMMERCIAL VEGETABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS 2.00
CONTAINER GARDENING 1.00
GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION 2.00
MERCHANDISING PRODUCE APPLICATIONS 2.00

Third Term

PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT 3.00
WEED IDENTIFICATION 1.00
GARDEN PRODUCTION BASICS 2.00
HYDROPONICS 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Transportation$2,007$2,007
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

In-State

$15,161

Out-of-State

$17,348

In-State

$20,723

Out-of-State

$22,910

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit https://www.ntc.edu/admissions/tuition-fees

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office

715.803.1647

financialaid@ntc.edu

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