- B.S., Horticulture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture
Jennifer Hinostroza started working toward a horticulture career while she was a student
at Cal Poly Pomona. She accidentally stumbled across this career path while taking
a Horticulture Science class just for fun, and she loved it so much that she changed
her major almost immediately. Her areas of emphasis were nursery management and horticulture
therapy. She also became very involved in student organizations at Cal Poly, joining
the horticulture club and volunteering her time at student events such as landscape
shows, competitions, and fund raisers. She competed in three national collegiate horticulture
competitions, where she placed first and third as an individual in various plant identification
and basic horticultural knowledge competitions.
Jennifer worked in the Retail Nursery industry for several years while she was going to school. She also worked in several different horticulture therapy programs. As part of the completion of her B.S. degree, she took an internship at the Disneyland Resort in the Horticulture Department, eventually working full time for the Resort. During her seven year tenure there, she had the opportunity to gain experience in many different positions, such as landscape maintenance, nursery operations, tree assessment and inventory, interior landscaping, purchasing, management, training and safety, documentation, and the creation of a landscape manual for the resort. She also became a Certified Arborist.
In 2006, she began her current teaching career at Mt. SAC as a Professor of Horticulture. Jennifer continues to be involved in professional organizations and student events to provide Mt. SAC students with some of the opportunities she had as a student.
Professional Organizational Involvement
- International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
- Street Tree Seminar
- California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC)
- Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA)
- California Agriculture Teacher Association
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughters, reading, watching movies, camping, and traveling.