Haywood Community College

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 11-7-06

For immediate release.

HCC STUDENTS GAIN EXPERIENCE AT THE HORTICULTURE COMPETITION OF THE CAROLINAS

Haywood Community College horticulture students recently competed in the Horticulture Competition of the Carolinas held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Teams that competed in this first-time event included HCC, Alamance Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, and Wilkes Community College.

The event consisted of 10 landscaping events that are identical to those in the Professional Certified Landscape Technician Exam providing the students with not only the spirited opportunity for competition, but important preparation for the certifying exam. The Professional CLT Exam has an exhaustive written test along with 22 field exams ranging from plant identification and pesticide application to landscape plan reading and skidsteer operation. The competition was judged by three extension agents with combined experience of nearly 90 years and upper management from two of the largest landscaping firms in North Carolina.

HCC student Adam Bigelow placed first in tree planting and staking and proper

pruning practices. HCC student Brandon Welch placed second in pesticides and HCC student Amanda Molnar placed second in plant layout.

HCC Horticulture instructor George Thomas said the event prepared students for a future job as well as the certification. "The experience gives them professional achievement and a sense of accomplishment."

HCC will sponsor the event next year. For more information about HCC's Horticulture program or enrollment for spring semester, please call 627-4500.

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(Cutline: ) Donated photo. Members of the HCC horticulture team that recently competed in the Horticulture Competition of the Carolinas are from left to right HCC Instructor Buddy Tignor, Amanda, Molnar, HCC Instructor George Thomas, Brandon Welch, Adam Bigelow, HCC Instructor John Sherman, Frieda Walden, Dawn Pomraning, and Julie Deeds.