Bay Village man competes for Tri-C at Olympics of Landscaping

Jeffery Mader of Bay Village will be part of the Cuyahoga Community College team competing at PLANET Student Career Days, a national collegiate landscaping competition taking place March 12-15 at North Carolina State University.

More than 850 college students from 65 of the nation’s top horticulture and landscape programs, including Tri-C, are expected to attend the three-day competition to test their skills in 28 events.

Students will compete in 3-D landscape design, irrigation techniques, hardscape installation, plant identification, small engine repair and many more events requiring the expertise needed to work in the industry.

The competition is organized by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). Student Career Days is a leading recruitment event for the $73 billion landscape industry, where there is high demand for skilled workers.

Mader is one of 16 students competing for the College at this year’s “Olympics of Landscaping.” Tri-C produced the individual student champion in 2014 while placing fifth as a team, tops among two-year schools.

“By their success last year, our students proved that Cuyahoga Community College has one of the strongest horticulture programs in the nation,” said Jim Funai, assistant professor of plant science and landscape technology at Tri-C.

Tri-C’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology program prepares students for careers in landscape design and construction; garden center or nursery management; and other horticulture fields.

John Horton

Media relations at Cuyahoga Community College

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