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May 16, 2008
Gwinnett Tech Horticulture Students are Tops in the Field
Four Students Earn National Honors at PLANET Student Career Days
Gwinnett Technical College's Horticulture students brought home top honors from the recent Professional Landcare Network's (PLANET) Student Career Days, the largest student competition and recruiting event in the industry.
Student Career Days is an annual three-day competitive event for students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country. The students had the chance to compete in events that are directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry. The event also offered a Career Fair which gave students the opportunity to meet prospective employers in the industry and discuss employment opportunities.
Four Gwinnett Tech Horticulture students earned national honors, including:
- Karen Faulkner, Leadership Skills (first among 65 students)
- Rita Boughrum, Sales Presentation (fifth among 49 students)
- Mary Prince, Interior Plant Design (tenth among 42 students)
- Aimee Cantrell, Safety Management (17 among 95 students)
Faulkner, Prince and Cantrell are enrolled in GTC's Environmental Horticulture diploma program, while Boughrum is in the Landscape Design certificate program.
"We couldn't be prouder of our students' showing at PLANET Career Days. This is national competition, drawing major colleges and universities from around the country. Our students excelled among this outstanding peer group, a significant measure of their talent and mastery of the field," says Dr. Richard Ludwig, Environmental Horticulture program director, Gwinnett Technical College.
Gwinnett Tech offers an associate of applied science degree and a diploma in Environmental Horticulture, and certificate programs for Garden Center Technician, Greenhouse Technician, Horticulture Installation Technician, Landscape Design Technician and Site Planning and Analysis.
For more information about Gwinnett Tech's Horticulture program or any of the college's more than 45 program options, call 770.962.7580 or visit www.gwinnetttech.edu.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. GTC is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and now serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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