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Green Industry Training Offered in English and in Spanish

Posted 9/29/2010

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering free training designed to enhance employability skills and increase job retention in the green industry in Clark County. Through the Focusing on the Needs of Today’s Hispanic Workforce project, the classes will be offered in English and in Spanish. All classes are taught at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road (I-215 and Windmill Lane) from 6 — 9 p.m.

The first class, Proper Pruning Techniques on November 3, will cover how to properly prune trees, natural pruning, thinning cut, pruning and hedges. Class two, Proper Planting Techniques on November 9, includes how to carry trees, how deep to plant, preparing the plant and the soil, how to correctly plant container-grown trees and shrubs, how to plant bare root plants and trees, how to protect soil to reduce water loss and correct staking.

Class three, Proper Lawn Maintenance in southern Nevada on November 16, covers growth characteristics, the effects of close mowing, mower types, thatch control, how to perform core aeration and the importance of mowing patterns. November 30-class four-Palms Growing and Maintenance includes topics on understanding palms, planting techniques, proper pruning and care. The fifth and final in the series, Safety/Worker Protection on December 7, covers two main areas: 1) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) focusing on green industry standards; and 2) Lifting Techniques addressing four main areas: proper lifting techniques, types of back injuries, lifting rules for any company and your responsibility and potential team consequences.

For more information and to register for this free series, contact M.L. Robinson at 702-257-5529, robinsonm@unce.unr.edu or Marcel Fernando Schaerer (Spanish) at 702-275-5580. Funding for the Hispanic Green Industry training is provided by USDA Forest Service through the Nevada Division of Forestry.

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