Instructor exemplifies best knowledge and experience in green industry
An instructor in the Landscape Horticulture program at Dakota County Technical College, Jeff Kleinboehl recently completed the necessary qualifications to be recertified through the Certified Professional program administered by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, or MNLA. Kleinboehl had to pass a comprehensive examination administered by the MNLA and the University of Minnesota. The examination consists of plant identification, landscape planning, sales and marketing procedures, general knowledge of horticulture and practical application skills.
To fulfill recertification requirements, Kleinboehl had to attend a series of continuing education classes and participate in industry improvement activities. Recertification requirements encourage green industry professionals to remain informed about the latest research and trends in the nursery and landscape trades. The recertification process is required every three years. The designation ensures that business patrons of MNLA Certified Professionals benefit from the best knowledge and experience in the green industry.
About the MNLA
The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is a statewide trade association with more than 1,000 members. Association members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape designers, landscape contractors, irrigation contractors, professional gardening services, tree care specialists, commercial flower growers, and turf and landscape management professionals from throughout Minnesota and neighboring states. MNLA represents and provides service to its member businesses through educational programs, conventions and trade shows, marketing activities and public policy initiatives.
About Landscape Horticulture at DCTC
Reflecting the amazing multiplicity found in the all-important world of horticultural, this green-standard program provides the technical and business skills needed to succeed as a professional in the landscaping industry. First-year students learn the fundamental science and technical skills related to all fields of landscape horticulture. Second-year students may elect to specialize in one of three interest areas:
- Landscape Design and Sales
- Landscape Construction
- Greenhouse Production
About the new Sustainable Food Systems Certificate
The new Sustainable Food Systems certificate offers a practical, hands-on learning experience in the eco-smart, evolving and advantageous practice of small-scale and urban agriculture. Students will learn how to grow, harvest and market sustainably grown produce in metropolitan environments. This certificate program is custom-made for people with a rich interest in growing healthy and nutritious foods based on organic, sustainable methods. You will get outdoors and engage your mind and body while learning the best ways to grow and sell the best food possible. The certificate will be offered for the first time starting fall semester 2013.
For more information about the DCTC Landscape Horticulture program, contact: