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Spots Still Open In U of Guelph Ridgetown's New Greenhouse Production Management Program.

Career opportunities in Ontario’s greenhouse sector are growing and OAC’s Ridgetown Campus has developed a new academic program to address the growing need for trained greenhouse growers and assistant growers, as well as additional professional jobs in this expanding global agribusiness market. Ridgetown Campus is encouraging applicants and general inquiries about their new Greenhouse Production Management Certificate.

Individuals considering further training or a career change can find program details at www.ridgetownc.uoguelph.ca/future/programs_cgpm.cfm. The first offering of the 16-month program is planned for delivery this September. The new program offers two academic semesters combined with two industry work-placement semesters. Applicants must have completed a prior recognized degree or diploma in science or a closely related discipline, or have significant industry experience. Interested parties are encouraged to apply to Ontario Colleges at www.ontariocolleges.ca as soon as possible.

The application deadline for the September 2013 program start is March 28, 2013.

The new academic program will focus on students learning the practical skills and latest techniques to manage greenhouse vegetable production of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other specialty greenhouse vegetable crops. The program will allow students to complete industry certifications that will make them more ‘job ready’ for employers. Students will also have the opportunity to learn while earning during the two four-month paid greenhouse work-placement semesters.

For further information on this program please contact:
Krista Gladstone, Project Coordinator 519-674-1500 ext. 63597 email: kgladsto@uoguelph.ca
Liz Meidlinger, Manager, Communications and Advancement 519-674-1500 ext. 63587 email: emeidlin@uoguelph.ca

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