Nevada State College received a $54,746 STEM Workforce Challenge Grant for a Horticultural Science certificate program. The grant will fund curriculum development and infrastructure for the program, including a 25,000-square-foot outdoor garden farm on NSC’s campus, as well as a small indoor hydroponics garden. Both will be used as part of the certificate program, giving students hands-on experience with both indoor and outdoor agricultural systems adapted to the desert environment. Students can earn the Horticultural Science certificate in two semesters; the program will cover desert ecosystems, hydroponic systems, permaculture, and the latest research on food production in arid climates. As part of their coursework, students will spend several hours per week doing research in the garden under faculty supervision. The certificate prepares students for jobs such as garden, farm, or greenhouse managers; produce inspectors; garden consultants; and hydroponics management and sales.