Sustainable Plant Science & Technology

Students in the CTEC Sustainable Plant Science & Technology program learn about the progressive field of plant science through practical, hands-on, industry-related experiences, providing students exposure to vertical farming, micro & macro propagation, ecology, sustainability science, plant sciences, production systems, and molecular biology.

The Sustainable Plant Science & Technology program partners with local industry, state and federal agencies and higher education of the Willamette Valley to prepare our students for today’s world and tomorrow’s.


We want our students to be ready to gain employment in entry-level plant production and science jobs or gain successful entry into secondary education programs. CTEC’s Sustainable Plant Science & Technology program prepares students for the ever-changing field of plant science, sustainability, and ecology. The Willamette Valley’s population continues to grow as our climate is changing. Graduates of the Sustainable Plant Science & Technology (SPST) program emerge prepared to operate high-tech plant growing systems that utilize vertical aeroponic and hydroponic systems in a controlled environment. By applying their research and lab skills, performing sustainable growing and harvesting techniques, nutrient management, and environmental/resource monitoring, student technicians graduate prepared for immediate entry into the workforce and success in higher education.


Our students use controlled environment growing technology to cultivate plants using an indoor vertical farm model. Students develop data management skills to manage and track growth production systems. Students in the Sustainable Plant Science & Technology program learn contextualized science and English aligned to the particular projects and skills they develop. Students receive coaching and resources to explore career options they may want to pursue directly out of the program or with continued education. With a foundation of industry-standard skills, relevant and integrated science and English training, and the ability to interact with technical equipment, our students are ready to pursue their aspirations and goals.

  • Grow, harvest, and market a variety of fruits, vegetables, and microgreens
  • Design, operate, evaluate, and adjust indoor growing systems including hydroponics, aeroponics, and plant tissue culturing
  • Apply quality control and food safety standards in the controlled indoor growing environment
  • Manage resource use, controlled indoor growing environments, and sustainable materials & methods
  • Propose, conduct, and interpret tangible scientific research by following general science and laboratory guidelines
  • Create and assess biogeochemical models to grow plants in high-technology environments while maintaining sustainable ecological principles