March 11 2014 03:00 AM
In this year’s 38th annual Student Career Days, more than 850 college students from the nation’s top horticulture and landscape programs will engage in competitions and events to demonstrate their knowledge of the landscape industry. Organized by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the event will occur March 20-23 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“Demand is at an all-time high for graduating horticulturists and landscape designers,” said Ed Furner, chair of PLANET’s Student Career Days. “Employers are actively assessing students during the competitive events to fill positions to account for the industry growth that exists today.” The competition will test students on their knowledge of industry-related skills and gauge whether they possess the talent and expertise necessary to succeed in the landscape profession.

Considered one of the largest collegiate competition events in the country, Student Career Days displays the industry’s growing appeal to students and the profession’s interest in recruiting directly from academia. Many of the nation’s top landscape companies and equipment manufacturers, including Barlett Tree Experts, Brickman, Caterpillar, and John Deere, will attend the event in hopes of discovering new, untapped talent.