- Discover the rewards of growing a variety of plants to feed your family and beautify your surroundings.
- Create unique floral designs for all occasions.
- Explore the many aspects of the landscape industry, including the operation of various types of equipment, development of water features, and the principles of landscape design.
- Become an innovative greenhouse grower specializing in production horticulture, aquaculture, and other sustainable environmental practices.
Job Titles – Career Pathways
11-9011.01 Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
27-1023 Floral Designers
37-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
41-2031 Retail Salespersons
45-2092 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
LOCAL Gardening Helper
CTC knowledge transfers to college credits at:
Harrisburg Area Community College
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Westmoreland County Community College
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Certification
* Applied Horticulture
OSHA Safety Certification
➤ For more detailed information about this program, including the grading policy, task list, etc., please refer to the course syllabus.
Instructor – Mr. Mark A. Vrabic
While attending high school, I discovered my love for growing and nurturing plants. As I continued my education through college, I began to mentor elementary students who visited our garden center. This process opened up my eyes to my passion for educating children. I continue to grow each year through the interaction with my students, learning as much from them as they learn from me.
Allentown Central Catholic High School
Associates Degree, Biological Sciences, Northampton Community College
Bachelor’s Degree, Ornamental Horticulture, Delaware Valley College
Master’s Degree, Education, Gratz College
Certifications and Awards
Vocational Education II Teaching Certification, Temple University
CDL – Commercial Driver’s License
Landscape designer, garden center manager, business owner
Hire Date: 1993
GHLRA board member
SOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.