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NALP Welcomes First HBCU to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Diversity isn’t something that just starts in the workforce. NALP has been actively working to increase diversity among students, faculty and industry professionals at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition as well. “NCLC is their first exposure to the sheer size and scope of the landscape and lawn care industry, the myriad of job opportunities available, […]

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New Kid on the Block: Career College’s First Time at NCLC

Alamance Community College (ACC), located in Graham, North Carolina, has participated in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) for at least the past 20 years and even hosted the event in 2018. Yet this year was notable as their sister school, Alamance Community College – Career College, competed as a separate entity during the 47th […]

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Team Building: How to Partner with Colleges and Universities

Successful lawn and landscape companies will often tell you to always be recruiting if you want to alleviate your staffing problems. One recruiting avenue is building strong connections with your local colleges and universities with industry-related programs. Jim Funai, Ph.D., plant science and landscape technology professor at Cuyahoga Community College, based in Highland Hills, Ohio, […]

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Cuyahoga Community College Takes First Place at 47th National Collegiate Landscape Competition

When NALP CEO Britt Wood took the stage during the closing ceremony of the 47th National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) on March 18, 2023, and asked, “Who had a good time?” the roar from the students was undeniable. Wood thanked Mississippi State University for hosting this year’s event along with educators Tim Schauwecker and Jason […]

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Students Test Their Skills During 47th National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Consistent rain throughout the first half of NCLC’s competition day could not dampen the students’ spirits as they put their training to the test in 30 different events at Mississippi State University on March 17, 2023. “I knew there was a front coming through, so I came prepared,” says Cody Kettler, a senior at Sam […]

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Industry Professionals Build Connections with the Future of the Industry at the 47th NCLC

The 47th National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) returned to its birthplace this year at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, kicking off on March 16. As the Newell-Grissom building filled with nearly 600 students from the 47 competing schools, the energy was palpable throughout the opening ceremony. Because NCLC is the first step in a […]

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NCLC’s Impact on NALP President Mike Bogan

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) has had a significant impact on the careers of numerous industry members, including NALP’s current president, Mike Bogan, CEO of LandCare, based in Frederick, Maryland. “From my first job 36 years ago, to my current role today, to my time serving on the NALP board, I have benefited from […]

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Team Building: Cultivating a Successful Career Fair Presence

There are numerous career fair opportunities available for your lawn or landscape company to participate in from the high school and college ones to local community or industry events like NCLC. Deciding to participate in a career fair requires a commitment of time and resources so here’s some of the principles to practice to get […]

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Former NCLC Participant Shares Its Impact on His Career

Jack Pohusky, a crew leader with R.P. Marzilli & Company, Inc., first heard about the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) through Penn State’s Horticulture Club. He attended NCLC in 2018 and 2019, where he visited Alamance Community College and Colorado State University, respectively. “I was lucky to attend NCLC and experience two wonderful campuses and […]

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Brigham Young University – Provo Retains Winning Trophy at 46th National Collegiate Landscape Competition

At the end of the 46th National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) on March 19, 2022, students from across the country were fired up about the lawn and landscape industry. During the closing ceremony, Doug Halsey, chair for NCLC, noted the energy and camaraderie that he had seen throughout the week. He thanked the host school […]

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