Landscape Technology Diploma

Why Choose Landscape Technology at CLC?

Work outdoors planting, pruning, and maintaining landscape plants

Learn hands on how to install patios, ponds, walls and more

Create and draw landscape and garden designs with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees

Our instructors have industry knowledge and a strong passion to help students succeed before and after graduation

About the Program

Would you like to make the world a more beautiful, better place to live? Do you enjoy working independently? Are you creative or artistic? Would like to be your own boss? Do you enjoy being outside in nature and being active? Is your goal to be a successful small business owner? Students in the Landscaping Profession frequently answer yes to many of the questions above, and if you answered yes to any or all of these we would encourage you to consider choosing landscaping for your occupation.

For over 40 years Central Lakes College (CLC) has been training students to become Professional Landscape Designers and installers. CLC students especially appreciate all of the hands-on instruction and practice they receive, actually creating designs, building retaining walls and patios, planting and caring for trees and shrubs, and participating in so many other activities connected with landscaping. In addition, CLC is located in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area, where students an enjoy the recreational opportunities the lakes and forests provide. The combination of a thriving landscape industry, a state-of-the-art college campus, relevant instruction from well trained, experienced teachers, and a beautiful setting in the woods and lakes of central Minnesota makes the landscaping program at Central Lakes College a wise choice for your future.


theriTheri Wasniewski
My name is Theri Wasniewski, I am one of the landscape instructors at Central Lakes College. I most enjoy the classes I teach about woody plants (especially trees). We plant them, prune them, check them for diseases and learn about ways to make our communities better by having the right plants in the right places.

The Brainerd Lakes area is a great place to live and go to school. There is more to do in the area than there are days in a week. I spend most all of my time outside the classroom hiking, camping, cross country skiing, gardening and checking out the native plant communities. I think it would be great if every property had a few apple trees and some herbs or vegetables in the garden; sustainable by design! Email Theri for more information

jeffJeff Dirks
My name is Jeff Dirks and I am one of the landscape professionals who teaches at Central Lakes College. My favorite classes to teach are the landscape construction courses in which the students have the opportunity to install retaining walls, water features, patios, trees and shrubs on campus and in the community.

I really enjoy living and teaching in the Brainerd Lakes area because of the great outdoor experiences available here. Some of my hobbies are fishing, hunting, and enjoying all kinds of water sports on any of the 465 lakes within 30 miles of town. And of course, it is a great pleasure to see so many of our students enjoy successful careers after graduating from Central Lakes College. Email Jeff for more information

Employment Statistics

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