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NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES


WHY EVERY LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL SHOULD EXPERIENCE NCLC


TAP INTO THE ENERGY OF MORE THAN 700 STUDENTS FOCUSING ON LANDSCAPE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. By Lindsey Getz


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f you’re a landscape company, then chances are you’ve struggled with hiring at some point. After all, it can be challenging to find good people. With that struggle in mind, imagine an opportunity where some of the best and the brightest landscape and horticulture students—eager for career opportunities—were all available in the same place. At the National Collegiate Landscape Competition


(NCLC), this is exactly what happens year after year. This greatly anticipated and well-attended event hosted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) brings together more than 700 students from two- and four-year colleges to demonstrate their skills in real-world competitive events and to network with top companies at the largest career fair in the industry. Jenn Myers, NALP’s director of workforce development,


oversees the event, and says it’s a tremendous opportunity for students and landscape contractors alike. She can remember attending for the first time herself while she was a student at Virginia Tech. The event gave her the chance to see just how vast the landscape industry really was outside of her “bubble” at school. “At a big school like Virginia Tech, the horticulture program was quite tiny in comparison,” Myers recalls. “But having the opportunity to come out to NCLC and see


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people who were once in my shoes—and now five, 10, 20 or maybe 40 years into their careers—was a tremendous opportunity. It allowed me to see what a career in the landscape industry could be like.” Myers says many landscape companies return to the


event year after year but, there are still plenty that haven’t experienced it—and ought to.


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