Turf Management

Turf Management

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Program Duration

2 years

Program Type

Associate of Applied Science

Median Arkansas Salary

$37,310 (Career Information)

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Why Choose This Program

Harrison is located close to many golf courses, resorts and baseball stadiums in Arkansas and southern Missouri.


 

About The Program

This program prepares graduates for a career in the turf management industry in sports, municipal or residential settings. Studies include the science of managing turf grass, including horticulture, pest control, proper irrigation techniques and weed management; the business of managing turf grass, including inventory control, and communication; and basic maintenance of turf grass equipment. Students will complete an internship and/or work at a turf facility as part of the program.

The turf management degree can lead to careers as golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, parks managers, grounds managers, professional tree trimmers or industry sales.


Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Transfer or Stackable Options

The program is designed to lead the student directly to employment in a turf management-related career.

Faculty Contact

Michelle Buchanan
Agri and Turf Management Instructor
(870) 391-3149
michelle.buchanan@northark.edu

Northark Turf Management student Cory Dicks

"I was a paramedic for 10 years and had a knee injury. It got a job at Twin Lakes Golf Course to have some sort of income. A couple of weeks in I realized I was hooked. My superintendent at that time was still trying to talk me into staying on the RN path, but I told him this is what I wanted to do. I loved the golf course and the work. He took me under his wing. I was hooked... I can proudly say that I am now the superintendent at Twin Lakes Golf Course and a big part of my success is the turf management program."

Cory Dicks, turf management student

Internships and Apprenticeships

North Arkansas College offers internships to students based on their major or course of study. These internships are designed to be learning experiences for our students as well as opportunities for our local industries and businesses to gain future employees through the academic work based learning process. Internships typically last for one semester while students are placed in work based learning positions while still attending classes at Northark or online. Below are some of the businesses offering internships for the turf management program.

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