WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association will host its fourth annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics competition at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Oct. 10 and 11.
The two-day experience will provide more than 250 students from 18 Ohio schools the opportunity to explore careers in the green industry and get face-to-face with industry leaders. The first day includes an opening ceremony and career exploration networking event where students are invited to have conversations with exhibiting businesses. The day concludes with a pizza party at Acres of Fun, a local amusement center.
The second day is about competition. Students will compete in teams in a series of 13 hands-on competitions to mimic landscape installation, equipment operation, maintenance, irrigation, cost estimating, sales and other relevant projects. Each student will compete in a maximum of four competitions and awards will be presented for “Top Student in the State” and “Top Team in the State” at the event’s conclusion.
“We have been encouraged to see this program grow from year to year,” said Alana Settle, ONLA’s marketing and communications manager. “This is the first year we’ve had multiple schools send two teams of participants. We believe this indicates an increased interest in learning about green industry careers.”
Aimed to be the leading workforce development experience of its kind in the U.S., the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics is positioned to attract the next generation to green industry careers and set them up with viable contacts for their first job.