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Mary H. Meyer, Douglas Needham, John Dole, Brain Trader, Jennifer Fox, Marnie Conley, Michael Neff and Jean Shaw

. 2015 Status of student numbers and program identity at two-year and four-year horticultural programs ASHS Nwsl. 31 1 5 6 Goecker, A. Smith, E. Marcos Fernandez, J. Ali, R. Goetz Theller, R. 2015 Employment opportunities for college graduates in food

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Brian J. Pearson, Kimberly A. Moore and Dennis T. Ray

Increased global trade coupled with diversified employment opportunities have generated demand for college graduates possessing both discipline-oriented knowledge as well as a broad range of professional career skills. Professional skills, sometimes

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Cynthia L. Baker

With the growing emphasis on research and a continuous crunch for space, practical “lab” training available for many students is scarce or declining. Though our horticulture graduates are quite knowledgeable, their “hands-on” experience is often very limited. This places them at the bottom of the job ladder even though they have been educated for more advanced positions. It's difficult to recruit students into 4-year degree programs when starting salary is barely above that of a high school graduate. We can enhance the students marketability through experiential education by tapping the resources of the horticultural industry before they graduate. Through internships and `co-op” students get the practical training and experience they need to qualify for better paying and more challenging jobs. It's an old concept, but one that is underutilized by both students and advisors.

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Gerald S. Dobbs, Billy L. Swain and P. Diane Relf

In 1986, VPI&SU contracted with the New River Valley Workshop for a pilot project to determine the effectiveness of “enclave placement” in its landscape maintenance program. An enclave of five disabled adults and one working supervisor were employed to assist Virginia Tech's Grounds Department by working as a crew in litter removal, weeding, raking leaves, and shoveling snow.

The enclave was enthusiastic, dedicated, and had low absenteeism, thereby setting a standard for salaried employees. The enclave's participation in the Virginia Tech grounds maintenance program enabled many of the salaried employees to dedicate their time and energy to more complicated tasks.

The pilot project led to a contract that has been effective for four years, proving that disabled adults can function together as a team and, at the same time, be an integral part of a large grounds maintenance department.

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Brian J. Pearson, Kimberly Moore and James Barrett

perceptions of necessary employment skills, improved sense of responsibility, and enhanced interpersonal communication skills. Additional benefits were described by McKeachie (1994) and Tyler (1981) and include increased student confidence and better

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Benedict C. Posadas, Patricia R. Knight, Randal Y. Coker, Christine H. Coker, Scott A. Langlois and Glenn Fain

automation on their employment, earnings, safety, skill levels, and retention rates ( Posadas et al., 2004 ). However, the specific objectives of this paper were to develop an index of the level of automation or mechanization among nurseries and greenhouses

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Chanjin Chung, Tracy A. Boyer, Marco Palma and Monika Ghimire

turfgrass industry of each state in terms of output values, value added, and employment. We first survey homeowners to estimate their preferences for the proposed new varieties and then we calculate the potential shares of the turfgrass market that the

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Benedict C. Posadas, Patricia R. Knight, Christine E.H. Coker, Randal Y. Coker and Scott A. Langlois

Hodges et al. (2011) showed that the total economic impact of the U.S. green industry reached $175.26 billion representing ≈0.76% of the national gross domestic product in 2007. The U.S. green industry generated a total employment impact of 1.95 million

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Steven H. Davis and Mary S. De Riso

Since 1982, the American Horticultural Therapy Assn. (AHTA) has devoted a significant portion of its organizational energies to promoting the employment of people with disabilities in the horticultural industry. Since then, the AHTA has administered five federal grants, resulting in the employment of 2269 people with disabilities. This paper summarizes the data generated through these activities and presents program findings.

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Cynthia Haynes, Ann Marie VanDerZanden and Jeffery K. Iles

respondents older than 60 years (16%). Six percent of respondents in the over 60 years age group were older than 70 years. Employment. There are an estimated 11,277 jobs within Iowa's green industry. Businesses in the retail and service sectors reported a