PLANET Student Career Days, The National Collegiate Landscape Competition, kicked off at Auburn University on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The event, in its 37th year, is the largest annual gathering of green industry companies and students. It offers the chance for companies to meet and interview the nation’s most promising horticulture and landscape students and brings together industry’s largest equipment manufactures to meet the next generation.

More than 800 students from 60 colleges from around the country jumped into workshops on Thursday to learn more about the events they will be competing in on Saturday. There are 28 different individual and team events, which directly relate to the skills necessary for a career in the industry, including arboriculture, 3-D landscape design, irrigation techniques, hardscape installation, plant identification and business management. 

Students also attend a career fair, career development series, and many receive scholarships. PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) is awarding 68 scholarships worth $74,300 this season, many of which are given out at the event.

This year’s Student Career Days major sponsors include STIHL, Inc. at the Platinum level; John Deere at the Gold level; Caterpillar, Inc., Gravely and New Holland Construction at the Silver level; and Belgard, BRICKMAN, Husqvarna and Pavestone at the Bronze level.

For additional information on Student Career Days, visit the website or call the PLANET office at 800-395-2522.