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The Michigan State University (MSU) Floriculture program is now offering a developing series of self-paced on-line courses.  These courses are a repurposing of the original face-to-face College of Knowledge courses that were offered until 2011.  The purpose of these new on-line courses is to provide basic training to the commercial floriculture growers in Michigan and beyond in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  The courses are offered through the national extension website and three are now available.

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Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers

This 4-hour class consists of pre-recorded lectures and video demonstrations and is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts of insect biological control methods. It provides introductory content to those growers new to biological control and also introduces more advanced methods, including banker plants.

The course is instructed on eXtension by Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator with MSU Extension. Dr. Raymond Cloyd (Kansas State University Extension) co-authored the content. Participants enrolled in this self-paced course will take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their learning of the topics. Self-assessment quizzes will engage students with the material throughout the course.

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The cost is $129 per person. Click here to register for the summer, 2017 course.

Course offerings: This non-credit course is offered twice a year (summer and fall). The spring enrollment period is now open and will be available from June 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. The 2017 fall session opens for enrollment on November 1, 2017 and the course material will be available to registrants from December 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.

Win a $75 gift card! Individuals who paid for the course and completed the pre-test, final exam, and post-course evaluation will be entered into a raffle for one of three $75 gift cards!

Available scholarships: For summer, 2017 course: There are four scholarships available for those interested in the course but do not have the financial means to pay for it. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship can apply when registering by writing a short paragraph about why you feel you should be awarded a scholarship, and how you plan to use the information you learn in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be $39.99 for scholarship winners.

 

Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting

This 3-hour class consists of pre-recorded lectures and video demonstrations that are divided into seven units and includes the importance of light for plant growth; light quality, intensity, and quantity; photoperiodic lighting; and photosynthetic (high-intensity) lighting with both conventional lamps and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  Particpants will learn about the properties of light, how light regulates extension growth and flowering, how to measure the properties of light, and how to apply these concepts to a range of specialty crops including those grown in greenhouses and completely indoors.

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The course is instructed by Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator with MSU Extension. The course was adapted and updated from the original College of Knowledge unit developed by Dr. Royal Heins (Professor Emeritus, MSU) and includes a substantial amount of recent research by Dr. Erik Runkle (Professor of Horticulture, MSU). Supplemental content including videos demonstrating concepts are from Dr. Roberto Lopez (Assistant Professor, MSU) and Dr. Garrett Owen (Outreach Specialist, MSU).

The cost is $129 per person.  Click here to register for the summer 2017 course.

Course offerings: This course is offered twice a year (summer and winter). The next enrollment period will begin on November 1 and students will have access to the material from December, 2016 through February, 2017.

Win a $75 gift card! Individuals who paid for the course and completed the pre-test, final exam, and post-course evaluation will be entered into a raffle for one of three $75 gift cards!

Available scholarships: For summer, 2017 course: There are four scholarships available for those interested in the course but do not have the financial means to pay for it. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship can apply when registering by writing a short paragraph about why you feel you should be awarded a scholarship, and how you plan to use the information you learn in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be $39.99 for scholarship winners.

 

Root Zone Management

This 2.5-hour class consists of pre-recorded lectures about the fundamental concepts about irrigation water, media, and their effects on plant nutrition. The course covers the latest practical information on root zone management techniques for ornamental crops in a greenhouse. The course is divided into three units. Unit 1 covers topics about irrigation water including water sources, water quality, water treatment, and irrigation timing and methodology. Unit 2 discusses the physical and chemical properties of media as well as substrate components and amendments. The third unit covers the essential elements for plant nutrition, how to select a fertilizer, and how to monitor nutrition of greenhouse crops.

The course is instructed by Heidi Lindberg, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator with MSU Extension. Dr. Kristin Getter (Academic Specialist, MSU) designed, authored, and updated the course, which was adapted and updated from the original College of Knowledge class developed by Dr. John Biernbaum (Professor, MSU) and later revised by Dr. Dean Krauskopf (retired Educator, MSU Extension).

The cost is $129 per person. Click here to register for the summer 2017 course.

Course offerings: This course is offered twice a year (summer and winter). The next enrollment period will begin on May 1 and students will have access to the material from June to August 2017.

Win a $75 gift card! Individuals who paid for the course and completed the pre-test, final exam, and post-course evaluation will be entered into a raffle for one of three $75 gift cards!

Available scholarships: For summer, 2017 course: There are four scholarships available for those interested in the course but do not have the financial means to pay for it. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship can apply when registering by writing a short paragraph about why you feel you should be awarded a scholarship, and how you plan to use the information you learn in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be $39.99 for scholarship winners.

 

 

 

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  This page was last edited Jul 1, 2017.
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