Horticulture students place at national competition

10572126_962550913800016_5973497186506222239_oThe RCTC Horticulture program participated in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition March 16-19 at Mississippi State University, where the magnolias and forsythia are already blooming.

RCTC students Jeremy Garner, Brandon Huth, Andy Robertson, and Hunter Tulip made the trip to Mississippi to participate this year. This is the fourth year that RCTC has attended the competition.

Garner participated in Compact Excavator Operation and Skid Steer Operation; Robertson participated in Small Engine Repair; and Tulip participated in Tractor Backhoe Operation and Construction Cost Estimating.

Garner placed fifth in Skid Steer Operation out of 683 students and first in Compact Excavator Operation.

The students also participated in four team events: Garner and Huth in Truck and Trailer Operation; Garner and Tulip in Hardscape Installation; Huth and Robertson in Arboriculture Techniques; and all four took part in Landscape Plant Installation.

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition is a three-day event that includes competitions and networking opportunities for students enrolled in interior and exterior horticulture programs. Some of the events include tree climbing, hardscape installation, plant identification, irrigation troubleshooting, skid steer, and small engine repair.

The competition started in 1977 as a judged competition between schools to see which students had the best landscaping skills.

Next year’s competition will be March 15-18 at BYU-Provo.

For more information on RCTC’s Horticulture program, please visit http://www.rctc.edu/program/hort/

This program is eligible for the Occupational Grant. For more information on how to have two years of tuition costs paid for, please visit http://www.rctc.edu/free/

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