Cooperative Extension hosts free landscape trainings in Spanish and English

For immediate release: April 16, 2014

Cooperative Extension hosts free landscape trainings in Spanish and English
Trainings offered in Reno and Las Vegas aim to help Nevada’s green industry

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering free landscaping trainings taught in both Spanish and English in Reno and in Las Vegas. The workshops, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service through the Nevada Division of Forestry, are designed to enhance employability skills and increase job retention in the green industry in Nevada.

“Cooperative Extension is happy to help fill this gap for Nevada’s green industry, and with our expertise in horticulture, it’s a perfect fit,” said Mark Walker, Dean of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. “The trainings help provide skilled workers for the green industry by presenting the most up-to-date research-based information in an understandable way.”

Two workshops will be offered at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way, Reno, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.:

–  April 23, training on proper pruning techniques for trees and shrubs, and insect management
–  April 30, training on how to protect trees during construction and manage other challenges related to the landscape industry

Four workshops will be offered at Cooperative Extension’s Clark County Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.:

–  April 22, training on pruning trees, shrubs and palms
–  April 29, training on protecting trees during construction
–  May 6, training on how to address challenges in the landscape, including pest management
–  May 20, training on how to improve the plant’s environment with soil and mulch

Participants will receive a certificate for each class taken. The trainings will also include materials focusing on improving English and math skills, meeting job expectations, paying attention to details, and practicing safety and worker protection.

Those interested in attending in Reno can register online, http://hispaniclandscapetraining.eventbrite.com, or by calling 775-787-2000 (Spanish) or 775-784-4848 (English). Those interested in attending in Las Vegas can register by calling 702-257-5536 (Spanish) or 702-275-5580 (English). Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the trainings they intend to attend.

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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the College of the University of Nevada, Reno that is engaged in every Nevada county, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs. It is a county-state-federal partnership providing practical education to people, businesses and communities. For more information on its programs, visit www.unce.unr.edu.

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.

Contact: Claudene Wharton or Tiffany Kozsan
At University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s
Dean and Director’s Office in Reno
whartonc@unce.unr.edu or kozsant@unce.unr.edu
775-784-7072
Or Marilyn Ming
At University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s
Clark County Lifelong Learning Center
702-257-5516
mingm@unce.unr.edu