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Penn College Horticulture Major Gains Professional Reaccreditation

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology's horticulture faculty, from left, are Carl J. Bower, instructor%3B assistant professors Dennis P. Skinner, Dennis Fink (holding reaccreditation plaque) and Michael A. Dincher%3B and Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant. (Photo by Garrett M. Book, of Lebanon, an ornamental horticulture%3A landscape technology emphasis major.)Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscaping major has been reaccredited by the Professional Landcare Network, which represents thousands of green-industry employees nationwide.

The landscape technology emphasis, one of three associate-degree ornamental horticulture majors in the college’s School of Natural Resources Management, is the only such offering in Pennsylvania that is accredited by the network also known as PLANET. Graduates of the major can find employment as landscape designers, estate gardeners, arborist/tree-care specialists and institutional or governmental horticulturists.

A plaque affirming the designation was presented to Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor at Penn College, when he attended faculty/industry workshops at the April 7-8 Student Career Days in Atlanta. The annual competition provides for students enrolled in horticulture programs across the country the opportunity to compete in events directly related to job skills; a Career Fair also allows them to discuss employment opportunities with leaders in the field.

The reaccreditation award, confirmation of which was presented during a luncheon at the event, follows a site visit to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center last fall.

“Being able to network with faculty and industry at the workshops was the best part of the trip,” Bower said. “Not only do you learn about what other schools are doing in their programs, you also gain insight as to what industry is expecting from us.”

The college also offers two-year degrees in ornamental horticulture: plant production emphasis and ornamental horticulture: turfgrass management emphasis.

For more information about the School of Natural Resources Management, visit on the Web or call 570-320-8038.

For general information about Penn College, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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