Turf Management

Are you a creative person who loves to be outside? Check out Turf Management , a one-year, three credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the Turf Management industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on real equipment , and you will even have the opportunity earn the highly regarded Virginia Crew Chief Certification and OSHA 10 Certification!

Turf Management is a one-year course for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the horticulture industry. The program has a strong focus on duties performed in maintaining golf courses, athletic fields, as well as commercial and residential lawns. The course competencies include safe management and operation of gas powered equipment, pesticide application, weed identification, plant growth, turf production, and seed/fertilization application. Students will gain additional employment skills by having the opportunity to participate in local internships. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Virginia Crew Chief Certification; OSHA 10 Safety; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Right now students in Turf Management are working on:

Visits to field sites such as: Virginia Beach Contemporary Arts Center, Virginia Aquarium, Sportsplex, and the Princess Anne Athletic Center.
Field trips to: Local nurseries, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and TCC where they learn about different career opportunities and job responsibilities.
In addition to going straight to the work force, our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses! Further your education at a community college, technical school or university:
TCC: AAS in Horticulture
Virginia Tech: AAS in Agricultural Management, AAS in Landscape and Turf Management, BS in Horticulturepicture of turf student cutting grass

Golf Course Manager or Supervisor
Golf Course Superintendent
Golf Course Assistant Superintendent
Sports field manager
Groundskeeper on athletic fields

All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Turf Management!
The following organizations are a sampling of those who have employed our students as interns in turf management positions:
Virginia Tech Experimental Station: Groundskeepers, Turf Research Assistants
Honey Bee Golf Course: Groundskeeper Assistant
Hell's Point Golf Course: Groundskeeper Assistant
Heron's Ridge Golf Course: Groundskeeper Assistant
Redwing Golf Course: Groundskeeper Assistant
Owl's Creek Golf Course: Groundskeeper Assistant

Instructor: Laurie Yates
picture of turf management teacher laurie yates