For more than 40 years, the event has showcased the skills of college and university landscape and horticulture students in the United States and Canada, bringing them together with companies that are actively recruiting future employees.
It includes 20 “challenge” events, 17 educational workshops, the Career Fair and career development opportunities.
“We are truly excited about the innovative, flexible and robust NCLC event that our partners and schools are working with us to build,” says Britt Wood, NALP CEO. “We couldn’t do it without the support of all the industry manufacturers and sponsors who’ve made it possible to hold challenge events and provide career opportunities this year for hundreds of top college landscape students.”
During NCLC 2021, more than two-thirds of the regular annual competitive events have been adapted to online versions called “challenges,” in which students will receive individual scores.
The Career Fair has also gotten a virtual overhaul. Companies can showcase themselves in the event platform and book one-on-one interview appointments to meet students individually when it is most convenient, or companies can host sessions with groups of students together.
“In true green industry fashion, the team at NALP has found a way to continue this vital part of the association’s role in promoting the development of the next generation of landscape professionals,” says Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager at Stihl. “We at Stihl are proud to continue our 20-plus years as the lead sponsor and are excited to join all the event partners in welcoming the students as they embark on the next step in their careers.”
NCLC is produced with the assistance of its partners Stihl (Platinum), John Deere (Gold), Caterpillar, Gravely, Hunter, Husqvarna (Silver), Bartlett Tree Experts, Bobcat, Corona, Davey Tree Experts, Kubota, Permaloc, Proven Winners, Rain Bird, SiteOne, Toro and Yellowstone.