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NVCC is excited to offer courses designed to meet the needs of farmers/producers in our region. If you are looking to add knowledge and skills to your resume as an agricultural production worker or maybe just get ahead of the entry level competition then these courses may be for you.

Program Overview

A career in agriculture/horticulture may take you in a multitude of directions. Many people work in a variety of agriculture enterprises to produce food, fiber, and fuel, which are essential to daily life. Agriculture education includes learning about agriculture systems, natural resource management, science, business, communication, and leadership.

Course Locations

 Conveniently offered at our Waterbury Campus.

There are no agriculture courses running at this time.  


Program Coordinator:
Sharon Lutkus
203-596-2197 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: F320

Plant Physiology & Propagation

Learn the fundamentals of plant growth, tissue development, and associated resistance factors. Topics will include seed/cutting propagation, the role of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and plant transpiration. Practice propagating spring bedding plants from seeds, cuttings, and division. Learn methods of sanitation for prepping a facility for potted plants. Hands-on tutorials and in-class lab assignments. Textbook is not included. (15 hours)

Greenhouse Structures & Operational Equipment

Components of greenhouse construction and the equipment utilized within them will be explored in this class. A focus will be on the development of greenhouse structures from a business planning viewpoint with emphasis on cost effectiveness, potential crop production strategies, and retail/commercial considerations.  Additional instruction will review hands-on operation of equipment utilized for heating/cooling, fertilization/irrigation, crop cultivation, and automated computer controls for greenhouses. Hands-on tutorials and in-class lab assignments. Textbook is not included. (15 hours)

Environmental Influences on Plant Growth

Discover the diversity of environmental conditions and their influence on crop growth.  Learn how light, temperature, humidity and water influence crop cultivation.  Study the physiological changes occurring in plants when variables are changed. Discover, through hands-on tutorials and in-class lab assignments, how these variable effect flower initiation, vegetative growth, and scheduling a crop for marketable sales.  The textbook is not included. (15 hours)

Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouses

Learn how to employ an integrated pest management program for greenhouse crop production. Topics will include greenhouse sanitation strategies, pest scouting and identification, biological control agents, and curative control methods. This module will also include an emphasis on decision making for pest prevention in greenhouse production.  Hands-on tutorials and in-class lab assignments will be provided. Textbook is not included. (15 hours)

Business Planning & Crop Scheduling

Gain an understanding of business planning methods for the greenhouse industry. Topics will cover the creation of a business plan,  profit/loss accounting strategies for greenhouse businesses, and ordering techniques for future sales. The material will cover real- life examples taken from various seasons and greenhouse typologies. Textbook is not included. (15 hours)

Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

Important Information

Important Information

  • Successful completion of all 5 Agriculture Modules may be accepted for 4 College credits when enrolling in the Horticulture Associate Degree or Certificate programs.
  • Registration is requested a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of class.
  • Your textbook is not included in the cost of the course and can be purchased at the George D. Yonan Memorial Bookstore on campus.
  • Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations: Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Room 407, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to make changes to the information listed in this publication or to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course. 
  • College closings due to inclement weather: Closings are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (, on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations. 
  • Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form.  Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester.  Adjustments are not retroactive.   Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process. 
Registration Information

Course Registration

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029 for information (Motorcycle registrations cannot be taken by phone)

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Email: NC@NV.EDU

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:

Money Orders or Checks

Mail-in registrations credit cards or checks only, Please do not mail cash!

Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

Workers in this occupation may manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, grading, sorting, packing and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) projects employment for  Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse will grow about as fast as average and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.   The CTDOL reports the average annual income, in Connecticut, as $37,290. The entry-level hourly rate is $10.87 and the average hourly rate is $17.93. Opportunities for advancement might include supervisory positions.

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