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Ohio Hi-Point students experience PLANET Student Career Days in NC

Outdoor Career Students at PLANET Student Career Days from L->R: Derek Thurman (West Liberty-Salem), Michael Stevens (Indian Lake) and Ray Walters (Urbana)

RALEIGH, N.C.- Students enrolled in the Outdoor Careers program at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently participated at the 39th Annual PLANET Student Career Days in Raleigh, North Carolina and three students placed in the top 50 out of 757 college students.

PLANET Student Career Days is a three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country. Ohio Hi-Point was one of the few career centers to attend.

The events directly relate to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry.

Overall, out of 757 college students Michael Stevens (Indian Lake) placed 20th Derek Thurman (West-Liberty Salem) placed 23rd and Ray Walters (Urbana) placed 45th.

Derek Thurman placed 11th of 44 students in the Tractor Loader Backhoe competition and 46th of 54 students competing in Skid Steer Operation.

Stevens and Walters placed 15th out of 50 teams in the Hardscape Installation competition, 36th of 53 in Irrigation Assembly, and the pair placed 27th out of 40 teams in Landscape Maintenance Operations.

Stevens and Thurman placed 49th out of 53 teams in the Truck and Trailer Operation.

The trio placed 57th in the Landscape Plant Install out of 62 teams.

The students participated in workshops led by industry professionals and experienced a job fair with companies from all over the country seeking professionals for the green industry.

This was the program’s second year attending Student Career Days and hopes to attend the 40th Annual PLANET Student Career Days at Mississippi State in 2016.

Kelsey Webb 

OHP students have strong showing at PLANET Student Career Days

FORT COLLINS, Colorado- Students enrolled in the Outdoor Careers program at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently placed second out of sixty teams in the Hardscape Install competition at the 38th Annual PLANET Student Career Days in Fort Collins, Co.

The team, consisting of Austin Neeley (Benjamin Logan High School) and Kaleb Gullett (Upper Scioto Valley High School), narrowly missed first by two points, nudged out by Brigham Young University.

Kaleb Gullett and Austin Neeley after winning second place in the Hardscape Install.

The PLANET Student Career Days is a three-day college-level competition. Ohio Hi-Point Career Center was only one of two high school teams that attended the career days. Students enrolled in horticulture programs around the county compete in several events that relate to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry.

Autin Neeley, Kaleb Gullett, Daniel Trout (Graham High School) and Aaron Osborn (Kenton High School) represented Ohio Hi-Point in Fort Collins, participating in six events. They also networked with over 75 companies during a career fair, and met with students from around the country.

“It was a great experience for our students to be a part of,” commented Cole Carpenter, the Outdoor Careers instructor, “they met and were having interviews with over 75 hungry companies that wanted skilled talent.”

Out of 745 students competing, Austin Neeley, Kaleb Gullett, Daniel Trout and Aaron Osborn finished 76, 111, 376 and 446, respectively.

The Irrigation Assembly team of Kaleb Gullett and Daniel Trout placed 35th out of 50 teams.

The Landscape Plan Install team of Austin Neeley, Kaleb Gullett and Aaron Osborn placed 18th out of 60 teams.

Austin Neeley placed eighth out of 50 students in the Compact Excavator Operation.

Daniel Trout placed 48th out of 60 students in the Compact Loader Operation competition.

Aaron Osborn placed 95 out of 100 students in the Woody Ornamental Plant ID competition, and placed 48th out of 70 in the Turf and Weed ID competition.

“I’m extremely proud of their performance,” remarked Carpenter, “To compete at such a high level with college-age students shows an incredible amount of talent in this group of students.”

The experience wasn’t just about competing, though. “It really peaked interest in colleges and higher education for my guys. They got to see the industry side of things by going to the career fair and then the college side by talking with college reps [sic] and the other students.”

Carpenter hopes to take a team to the 39th Annual PLANET Student Career Days next year in Raleigh, NC.

Take a look at this video to see more on their trip.

http://www.vimeo.com/90163685

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