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Horticulture Keeps Streak Alive at National Landscaping Competition

ACC's Horticulture students in Provo, Utah.

ACC’s Horticulture Technology students at the national competition in Provo, Utah.

Students in Alamance Community College’s Horticulture Technology program finished 2nd among 26 community colleges and 11th overall out of 60 schools and 672 students at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah this month.

ACC student John Hawkins finished 7th overall among all competitors. Elizabeth Trott, who finished 12th overall, was also the highest scoring female at the competition.

This was the 14th consecutive year that ACC’s Horticulture department had attended this national event. Each year, students spend a day in workshops led by industry professionals, attend a career fair featuring more than 50 top landscape companies from across the U.S., and pit their horticulture skills in numerous competitions.

Here’s how ACC fared in other competitive categories:

  • John Hawkins, first place in Sales Presentation and second place in Irrigation Design
  • Elizabeth Trott, second place in Plant Problem
  • Paul Gulledge, third place in Landscape Lighting
  • Joel Deuterman and Nate Parker, third place in Aboriculture
  • Laura Mitchell, John Hawkins and Elizabeth Trott each received NALP Foundation scholarships.

ACC To Host This National Event in 2018

The ACC main campus in Haw River and surrounding venues will host this national event March 13-17, 2018 as an estimated 1,100 students and professionals in the landscape industry are expected to participate during the college’s spring break week. Since 1977, only four community colleges have served as host site and in most of those occasions the community college was in a large metropolitan arena.

“Being selected as the host for this event next year is the culmination of a dream that started when we attended our first national competition event back in 2004,” said Justin Snyder, ACC’s Horticulture Technology Department Head and Dean of Industrial Technologies. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our program, college and community. For a few days we will be the center of the horticulture industry.”

Bringing this national event to the ACC campus is expected to be a significant marketing and public relations opportunity—as well as an economic boost to Alamance County. Area hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets are expected to receive a boost from the event. Hotels are expected to see a 400-room impact over the three-day event, said Snyder.

 “We are more than excited to host this national event that will bring more than one thousand individuals from across the United States to our campus and county,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “It is a tribute to the College and to ACC’s award-winning Horticulture Technology program that the National Association of Landscape Professionals wants to bring their most visible annual event to our campus. We are anxious to begin planning the specifics to ensure that our guests not only have a top-notch networking and competition experience, but that they are exposed to all the amazing sights and sounds that Alamance County and the Triad area have to offer so they will want to return in the future.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUTLINE: ACC’s Horticulture Technology students at the national competition in Provo, Utah.

Horticulture Keeps Streak Alive at National Landscaping Competition

Students in Alamance Community College’s Horticulture Technology program finished 2nd among 26 community colleges and 11th overall out of 60 schools and 672 students at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah this month.

 

ACC student John Hawkins finished 7th overall among all competitors. Elizabeth Trott, who finished 12th overall, was also the highest scoring female at the competition.

 

This was the 14th consecutive year that ACC’s Horticulture department had attended this national event. Each year, students spend a day in workshops led by industry professionals, attend a career fair featuring more than 50 top landscape companies from across the U.S., and pit their horticulture skills in numerous competitions.

 

Here’s how ACC fared in other competitive categories:

  • John Hawkins, first place in Sales Presentation and second place in Irrigation Design
  • Elizabeth Trott, second place in Plant Problem
  • Paul Gulledge, third place in Landscape Lighting
  • Joel Deuterman and Nate Parker, third place in Aboriculture
  • Laura Mitchell, John Hawkins and Elizabeth Trott each received NALP Foundation scholarships.

 

ACC To Host This National Event in 2018

The ACC main campus in Haw River and surrounding venues will host this national event March 13-17, 2018 as an estimated 1,100 students and professionals in the landscape industry are expected to participate during the college’s spring break week. Since 1977, only four community colleges have served as host site and in most of those occasions the community college was in a large metropolitan arena.

 

“Being selected as the host for this event next year is the culmination of a dream that started when we attended our first national competition event back in 2004,” said Justin Snyder, ACC’s Horticulture Technology Department Head and Dean of Industrial Technologies. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our program, college and community. For a few days we will be the center of the horticulture industry.”

Bringing this national event to the ACC campus is expected to be a significant marketing and public relations opportunity—as well as an economic boost to Alamance County. Area hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets are expected to receive a boost from the event. Hotels are expected to see a 400-room impact over the three-day event, said Snyder.

 “We are more than excited to host this national event that will bring more than one thousand individuals from across the United States to our campus and county,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “It is a tribute to the College and to ACC’s award-winning Horticulture Technology program that the National Association of Landscape Professionals wants to bring their most visible annual event to our campus. We are anxious to begin planning the specifics to ensure that our guests not only have a top-notch networking and competition experience, but that they are exposed to all the amazing sights and sounds that Alamance County and the Triad area have to offer so they will want to return in the future.”

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