KPU’s school of horticulture hosts third annual Branching Out event

Wed, Feb 20, 2013

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February 21, 2013

KPU’s school of horticulture hosts third annual Branching Out event

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Last month Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) school of horticulture hosted Branching Out, a day for students to be introduced to employment opportunities and professionals in their industry. The event took place at the Langley campus with over 100 people in attendance, including keynote speaker, Brian Minter.

Students from landscape, production and turf, arboriculture and horticulture science programs joined in a day of networking, round-table discussions, and resume building. This is Branching Out’s third consecutive year, and each year the event has grown and expanded, reaching more students and employers across the Lower Mainland.

“I found the event relevant, informative, beneficial, and a very positive experience,” said Scott Utsunomiya, horticulture student, KPU. “To hear stories of former students who have taken that next step and made a successful career in the horticulture industry was very motivating.” 

Branching Out turned out to be an event not soon forgotten,” said Kristine Schlamp, horticulture instructor, KPU. “The round-table sessions with employers and potential employees generated active discussions. Expert speaker Brian Minter’s address was a highlight of the day. His unique and innovative marketing and landscape ideas created many thoughtful discussions between students and instructors alike.”

KPU's school of horticulture offers several programs, from landscaping, greenhouse and nursery production, to turf management and horticulture science. For more information please visit,

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For more information about Branching Out contact:
Betty Cunnin
Horticulture Instructor
Tel: 604.599.3247

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist
Tel: 604.598.6196