FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
NAUGATUCK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARNS ACCREDITATION STATUS WITH PLANET
HERNDON, Va., March 16, 2012 — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is pleased to announce that Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut, recently earned its accreditation status.
PLANET’s accreditation program is an industry accreditation, driven by the needs of the landscape industry. It provides local and national recognition for schools with four-year Bachelor of Science and two-year Associate of Science degree programs that meet the needs of the industry, and it is the only nationally recognized endorsement offered to colleges and universities with landscape/horticulture curricula. Twenty-seven institutions of higher learning now have programs that are PLANET accredited.
The site visit team for Naugatuck Valley Community College included leader and co-chair of site teams Kent Hammond, associate professor emeritus, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster, Ohio; Dee Johnson, coordinator, Landscape Gardening Program, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, North Carolina; and Burt DeMarche, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, president, The Laurelrock Company, Wilton, Connecticut. The team also granted full accreditation through 2018 to the school’s AAS Degree Horticulture Program.
For more information about PLANET accreditation, contact Anna Walraven at 800-395-2522.
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With approximately 3,800 members, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.