Landscape Design Technology

Landscape Design Technology

Career Opportunities
Your career opportunities include working for retail nurseries, design/build companies, golf courses, sports fields, amusement parks and government agencies. In addition, our graduates frequently open their own businesses. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 70 (AAS)

Do beautiful landscape designs captivate you? Is it your dream to enjoy a casual outdoor atmosphere for work? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Landscape Design Technology degree. Landscape Design professionals design, construct and install residential and commercial landscape projects. You’ll learn how to create landscape plans using computer aided design software, design and install landscape projects, study soils and fertilizers, greenhouse operations, residential irrigation/equipment operations, plant identification including trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials; pest management and arboriculture.

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This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 70 (AAS)


Stacy Hotchkin
Lab Specialist
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Stacy has worked as a Lab Assistant in the Horticulture Division at Southeast Tech for 23 years. In addition, she has owned and operated Dakota Lawn & Landscape Service, providing full-service lawn and landscape services as well as snow removal, since 1983 with her husband Dale.

According to Stacy, "I enjoy seeing our students graduate and put what they learn into their career. I like to stay in touch and keep up with them."

Her newest green adventure includes working with square foot gardening, which maximizes space in a small area.

Stacy's hobbies include gardening, camping and spending time at the lake with her husband and two daughters as well as baking.

Education: AAS Degree, Southeast Tech; Certified SD Nursery Professional; Licensed SD Chemical Applicator
Kate Parkinson
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Kate has been in the green industry for 36 years and has taught at Southeast Tech for 16 years. She started Stonegate Outdoors, a landscape design/build firm, in 1997, and is also the Landscape Design Technology instructor here at Southeast Tech. She has held many positions in the Green Industry, including; horticulturist, interior foliage manager, nursery manager, perennial grower, lawn care & maintenance supervisor, Landscape Designer specializing in outdoor room creation, Christmas tree grower, Christmas décor expert, Commercial Chemical Applicator, Licensed arborist, landscape plant identification, trouble shooting for plant problems and South Dakota certified nurseryman.

Currently Kate’s passions are working with the propagation of native plants in our area and landscape design. Her bachelor’s degree from SDSU is in Horticulture with a minor in Plant Pathology and a business minor. Her graduate work at Iowa State University was with spider mites and sun impatiens. “The green industry is a field that impacts everyone from the dinner table to recreation!”

Education: BS, South Dakota State University; Certified South Dakota Nurseryman; Certified Commercial Chemical Applicator; Licensed Arborist; Certified Mauget Injection Technician





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