Program Overview

The Institute is a unique training and development program for individuals interested in entering the Horticulture Industry. The program combines hands-on field experience, mentoring from industry leaders, and scholarships for a quality education from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). The combination of practical experience and academic studies, over two years, prepares the participants for advanced responsibilities and promotion.

As with nearly all U.S. industries, the Baby Boomer business owners and managers are starting to retire, creating incredible opportunities for the incoming generation. Nursery, greenhouse and landscaping business leaders are eager to engage a new generation in their companies to help ensure that the thriving green industry will continue to create and maintain green spaces.

The program is designed to serve recent high school graduates, veterans and second career individuals. As a work and scholarship program, participants receive the essential practical experience and education required for advancement without taking on student debt.

Hard work, dedication, and determination will make one a successful student, scholarship recipient, and employee. The program includes the following features:

  • Employment by a leading Baltimore area landscape or nursery/greenhouse company
  • 80% college tuition scholarship. Students are responsible for the remaining 20% tuition, which will be returned to the students who successfully complete the program
  • Enrollment at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) for two years. Students earn 39 credits and a certificate in Landscape Installation, Maintenance, and Design 
  • Students may also choose to continue at CCBC for a 3rd year, to earn an associate’s degree in Sustainable Horticulture (Note: scholarship funds supporting the third year of study may be available but are not guaranteed)
  • Through on-the-job training and academic study the participant will develop highly-valued expertise in the Horticulture Industry
  • Prepares participants for advancement and leadership opportunities within Industry

Through the Eyes of ALI Students

Program Courses

Costs and Important Information

ALI in the News

Industry Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Planning and developing new commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects and redeveloping existing landscapes will drive employment growth.” Maryland is one of the top five paying states for this occupation. Starting management salaries will likely be in the $40,000 to $60,000 per year range, with rapid promotion potential for this in-demand field.


How to Apply

Interested candidates for the program are asked to complete and submit the application materials by February 1, 2022. August 1, 2021 is the deadline for applicants already employed by a landscape or nursery company willing to pay their scholarship. See Hire a Student page for more details. Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee with interviews scheduled as may be appropriate. (Applications might be accepted after February 1, if space is still available.)

In addition to submitting the application, applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and a copy of their most recent school or college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable.) The resume should include 2 personal references, with their contact information. Please email all items or any questions to All course work is conducted by CCBC (the Community College of Baltimore County) Sustainable Horticulture Program. Before being accepted into the ALI program, all students must apply to CCBC, obtain a CCBC ID number and possibly take a placement test.