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Learn the principles of fresh floral design that prepare you to be an entrepreneur in the floral design industry.

The Floral Design program at Johnson County Community College is a perfect opportunity to combine your creative passion with your future career.

What will I learn in JCCC's Floral Design program?

This program is hands-on and practical. Every week, you will create a fresh floral design. By the end of the program, you will be able to name more than 300 flowers and plants, as well as identify how they are best used in a floral arrangement.

The basic principles taught in these courses will prepare you for a diverse and creative career in the floral industry. You will begin with the fall semester and, over the next three semesters, learn to:

  • Create, arrange and stage wedding flowers
  • Grow and maintain houseplants
  • Manage a retail flower shop, including the business and creative aspects
  • Prepare large-scale floral designs for big special events
  • Design sympathy flowers

Why study Floral Design at JCCC?

JCCC's Floral Design Certificate is the only one of its kind in the Kansas City area and the state of Kansas. When you complete your certificate, you will have an impressive portfolio that showcases your work throughout each semester. You also will be ready to launch your career with a strong foundation of knowledge about all aspects of this multibillion-dollar industry.

The floral design faculty at JCCC has more than 40 years of combined experience in the industry and stays current with design trends and techniques. We use our connections within the floral design profession to provide multiple field trips to local wholesale florists and periodic opportunities to create designs for industry shows.

The hands-on nature of the program also allows you to work on designs for:

  • Special events at JCCC
  • Off-site special events
  • Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Administrative Assistant’s Day and Mother’s Day
  • On-campus flower sales

You will gain firsthand experience growing plants in JCCC’s greenhouse, an opportunity no other regional program offers. Join the Floral Design Club to gain experience in marketing, merchandising, buying and designing floral products.


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When you’re ready to graduate, job placement in this field is excellent. Demand in retail and grocery stores is growing for floral designers who are ready to design starting on day one. Your opportunities in this field are numerous with the potential to move into managerial positions, start your own business or specialize in weddings and events.

Area business seek out JCCC graduates because they know our students are getting a layered education from industry pros.

Complete the Floral Design Certificate and join the workforce within a year, or continue your studies and earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in interior design or any other field that interests you. Transfer to a four-year school to pursue a degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at Kansas State University. 

Download the Floral Design Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

If you’re worried about the cost associated with the floral design courses at JCCC, we are here to help. At Johnson County Community College, we strive to make tuition more affordable for all of our students. When the stress of paying for college is put to the wayside, you can focus more on performing well in your courses. 

Here’s what JCCC has to offer for Floral Design students:

Depending on your specific courses, supplies and textbooks may be an additional cost.

Additionally, the Gardeners of America Scholarship is for students enrolled in horticulture or floriculture. Other scholarships especially for interior design students include:

  • Janet Alhom Memorial Interior Design Scholarship
  • Bill and June Bailey Interior Design Scholarship
  • IDSA Design Merit Award
  • Harris Polsky Interior Design Scholarship
  • Jack Harris Interior Design Scholarship

Resources at JCCC

In addition to tutoring and small class sizes, JCCC offers several resources in the Floral Design program. 

If you are looking for information about scholarships, student loans or other ways to pay for your schooling, our Financial Aid office is here to assist you. O

The Career Development Center and our Academic Counseling services ensure your certificate in floral design will align with any long-term goals or dreams you may have for your career. 

You may also decide to transfer your credits to a university now or later. Transferring is an easy way to further your education elsewhere without worrying about retaking core credit courses at higher costs.