Workforce Training for Landscape and Garden Maintenance
Online Classes Launching in January - Hands-On Sessions in May
NGBH is offering a Certificate Program in Sustainable Landscaping & Garden Management in partnership with Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) to meet the high demand for skilled landscape and garden workers.
Thanks to generous funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation via the Maine Community College System, this pilot program is being offered tuition-free.
The program seeks to provide workforce-ready training for adults (18 and older) who are currently unemployed, underemployed, or displaced as a result of COVID-19.
Online classes will be held one evening per week from January to March and will cover topics such as work readiness, garden maintenance and planning, choosing the right plant, and understanding soil and water, with a focus on land stewardship. Two days of hands-on labs will occur in May at the Native Gardens site in Blue Hill. Instructors with decades of experience will impart key knowledge and skills required for employment success.
This program will prepare participants for employment with nursery and landscaping businesses and will introduce industry employers seeking new hires. Upon completion, participants will also be equipped to work independently as gardeners.