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.