800 students from 60 colleges will compete this year at Auburn University at the 37th annual Student Career Days– “The National Collegiate Landscape Competition”– March 7-10.
The event is a combination skills exhibition which is like the “landscape Olympics” with 28 individual and team events such as tree climbing (arboriculture), wood construction, patio installation, landscape installation and more. It is also a recruiting event where companies come from across the country to interview college horticulture students. At a time when many students can’t find jobs after college, those graduating from college landscape programs have a better that 90% placement rate.
Some of the regional schools that are competing include Auburn U., NC State, Chattahoochee Technical College, U. Georgia, Clemson, etc. as well as schools from around the country like Penn State, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Michigan State, Oregon State, U. MD, U.