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Alumni Share Industry Perspective During Horticulture Students’ Visits

Aaron M. Shippling, Good's general manager and a 1982 Williamsport Area Community College graduate in nursery management, conducts a tour of the yard.
Aaron M. Shippling, Good’s general manager and a 1982 Williamsport Area Community College graduate in nursery management, conducts a tour of the yard.
The group gathers outside The Children's Garden at Hershey with Alyssa B. Richner (right), who graduated in 2010 with a degree in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis.
The group gathers outside The Children’s Garden at Hershey with Alyssa B. Richner (right), who graduated in 2010 with a degree in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis.
Students get a look at Ruppert Nursery's 90- and 100-inch tree spades, capable of digging a 12-caliper tree.
Students get a look at Ruppert Nursery’s 90- and 100-inch tree spades, capable of digging a 12-caliper tree.
Jay Long (center), director of organizational and people development at Ruppert Landscape, shows visitors around the corporate offices.
Jay Long (center), director of organizational and people development at Ruppert Landscape, shows visitors around the corporate offices.

Fourteen students from Penn College’s landscape/horticulture technology majors and two faculty members last week took field trips to a variety of related businesses, including two that employ alumni. The students, who represent both the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the major, made Thursday visits to Good’s Tree Care in Harrisburg; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; and Ruppert Nursery and Ruppert Landscape in Laytonsville, Maryland. “It was a beautiful fall day and it gave the students an insight to many different types of careers – both small-scale and very large-scale – and how different types of horticultural businesses are set up,” said instructor Carl J. Bower Jr., who provided the photos and was joined on the trip by Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture.

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