Ever wondered about a career in horticulture? Curious about the education options available? Join us for an information session and learn about our cutting-edge facilities. Meet faculty, current students and alumni to find out more about KPU's programs and careers in the horticulture industry.
School of Horticulture Information Session
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:30-8pm
KPU Langley, Room 1030
20901 Langley Bypass PRE-REGISTER HERE
Industry partnership gift of original art
The KPU Faculty of Science and Horticulture was recently gifted an original artwork from Bur-Han Garden and Lawn Care, a close School of Horticulture industry contact. The painting, an original by Victoria artist Janet Anderson, is of the dogwood, called “Spring.” “Several of our employees have completed the KPU’s landscape horticulture apprenticeship program and we were looking for a meaningful way to say thank you for the excellent hands-on training our employees have received and will continue to receive in the years to come,” said Robert Hannah, co-owner of Bur-Han.
“What a wonderful way for our horticulture programs to get recognized by the industry,” said Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, dean of the Faculty of Science and Horticulture. “We are very thankful for this stunning piece of art and we look forward to continuing working with Bur-Han.”
The painting is prominently displayed in the reception area of the Faculty of Science and Horticulture Dean’s Office at KPU Langley.
KPU educators and industry team up once again
Over the course of three days, four local teens living with complex needs participated in a unique Greenskeeper training course at KPU’s School of Horticulture in Langley and Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club in Surrey.
Formed in collaboration with the Surrey School District , Coyote Creek Golf Club and KPU the training was custom-designed and organized by our Turf Management instructor Stan Kazymerchyk to address the special learning needs of the participants.
“This is a repeat of our inaugural event last May, an uplifting collaboration between industry, community and educational partners,. It showcases how well we can all work together to create unique learning and career opportunities for teens living with complex needs.” - Stan Kazymerchyk
“The fact that our students were so engaged throughout the 3-day course is a testimony to the level of training provided by this experienced group of instructors.” - Education Assistant Kenneth Gannon
“This was an amazing experience for me because I got to learn how to operate new equipment which is something that I have never been able to do before. It also helped me meet new people and get to know them,” - one of the students.
Our students won bronze at the national!
Skills Canada National Competition , was held in the city of Moncton, NB , (June 5-8, 2016) where 500 youth from across Canada competed in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests for the opportunity to reach the pinnacle of excellence and be named national champion in their chosen field. We are very proud of Claire MacLean and Dan Strain, KPU Horticulture Apprentice students, who worked tirelessly over the three days event and walked away with the BRONZE! Let’s also congratulate Rob Welsh for his skills and dedication as a coach.
First Green On Sportsfields a Hit!
This inaugural event used the resources of Township of Langley sportsfields/staff/equipment, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Turf Management staff/equipment, TerraLink Horticulture staff and WCTA guidance. Initial LSS teacher input was critical to aligning school learning needs and levels with topics and level of instruction.
Dan Allen of Township of Langley (and KPU Turf Grad -see picture) covered the cultural processes of aeration, topdressing and overseeding. This included the physics of soil, water, air and compaction; sand topdressing purposes and needs; and the ecosystem dynamics of overseeding. This station also featured live demos of aeration, dethatching, topdressing and overseeding.
First Green is a Seattle-based non-profit organization established to provide outdoor STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and environmental education learning labs for teachers and students. These labs are done on golf courses or sportsfields. Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA) is First Green’s authorized organization to promote First Green’s trademarked programs, training and field trips in Western Canada. WCTA initiated the Canadian premiere of First Green at Vancouver Golf Club and Redwoods Golf Club. Turfgrass managers and golf course superintendents interested in potentially hosting a First Green event can contact Stan Kazymerchyk at email@example.com.
WE WON THE GOLD!
Our team Claire MacLean and Dan Strain, both students are from the Apprenticeship Program won Gold at the Skills Canada BC competition in Abbotsford’s Tradex.
They are going to Moncton, NB on June 5 – 8 to compete at the National level.
School of Horticulture at the Tradex
The annual Pacific Agriculture Show is a showcase of the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry. Thousands of farmers, agri-food producers, and horticulturists are there to compare and investigate what's hot and new in the industry. We are there to showcase and represent the importance of education as part of the global picture.
BRANCHING OUT 2016
Another year of great success at the Branching Out 2016. It has provided a unique opportunity for students and employers to mingle and to engage in some insightful discussion about the horticulture industry and possible employment. Amazing number of students have attended the event which also gave prospective employers an opportunity to showcase their profile.
Inspiring single mom
Hundreds of parents like Jodi are building a stronger economic future for their families thanks to the Single Parent Employment Initiative. The program provides to 12 months of funded training, or on the job training through a paid work experience and pays for child care and transit costs for eligible single parents on income or disability assistance.
Turf Club Golf Tournament Huge Success!
Kwantlen Turf Club hosted another great event at Redwoods Golf Club Saturday October 16.
Forty four students, alumni, faculty, turf industry and friends enjoyed a perfect weather day on a perfectly groomed course. Golfers warmed up for the round with a putting contest and at #14 tee a “Chip into the pond dingy” contest. Sponsors:
Terralink, Evergro, Taylors, Prairie Coast, Premier Pacific, Farm Tek , Terra Equip, WCTA, BCGSA , Corix, Turf Canada, Target Products, Brett-Young, Keso, ZLC Financial, Bos Sod, Plastic Pipe Products, LiveWorkMapleRidge.com
Tree Planting Ceremony
The launch of the Logan Creek Integrity Project — an urban forest renewal initiative — was held on July 14, 2015 on the KPU Langley Campus. This project was developed by KPU Horticulture faculty member Kathy Dunster and will be student-driven. This project is possible thanks to funding by the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program in partnership with Tree Canada.