Turf Management

Turf Management offers training for a wide variety of industries from golf courses to sports fields to parks departments with a focus on environmental awareness and appreciation. The study of turf management includes: turfgrass application, installation and management; equipment operation and maintenance; and irrigation system installation. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in a work experience as part of the program to gain relevant hands-on and field experience to prepare for the industry. The program can be completed fully or partially online depending on student learning preference. The Turf Management curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Golf Course Superintendents
  • Assistant Sports Turf Managers
  • Landscape Maintenance and Construction Crew Supervisors
  • Parks Department Grounds Keepers
  • School District Grounds Keepers
  • Turf Technicians

 

Mission Statement

To provide comprehensive technical programs and career training to improve the lives and livelihood of qualified and willing students in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

 

Degree Options

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Turf Management is a two-year degree program that prepares students for work in the industry. A one-year certificate in Turf Management is also available. The program can be completed fully or partially online depending on student learning preference.

 

Program Outcomes

  • To provide a variety of courses in order to prepare students for careers in turf management.
  • Provide relevant training through hands-on and field experience to prepare the students for industry.
  • To encourage students to explore and develop critical thinking and creative thinking.
  • To help students develop and perfect communication skills.
  • To assist students in understanding and using the concepts of each course.
  • To develop increased environmental awareness and appreciation.
  • To help students develop and perfect the most efficient use of natural resources.

 

Entrance Requirements

Students may enter the program fall, winter, or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing, it is recommended to begin in the fall. WWCC has an open admissions process. It’s free to apply and everyone who applies is accepted. Applications are accepted year-round! Apply online.

 

Industry Description

The turf management industry has shown a steady growth rate in job opportunities for trained turf professionals. The turf management sector employs individuals as groundskeepers, golf course maintenance supervisors, parks grounds supervisors, sports field supervisors, turf landscape technicians, turf grass specialists, and sod farm managers.

 

Other Information

p>For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.

 

Contact

Gwen Stahnke

Phone: (509) 527-4225