Gravely, an Ariens Company brand, is supporting 2015 Student Career Days as a Silver Sponsor for the ninth consecutive year. The annual competition and networking event for students enrolled in green industry programs from colleges and universities across the country is organized by the Professional Landscape Network (PLANET). More than 850 students are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will be held March 12-15 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
“Student Career Days provides a fantastic environment for mentoring and an exchange of ideas between students and green industry professionals,” said Bill Engler, Ariens Company director of commercial sales. “The event is intense and fast-paced, leaving you feeling energized about the future of the business. We’re happy to have the opportunity to get to know the next generation that will be leading our industry.”
Students will compete in more than 20 different events that include tree climbing, paver/hardscape installation, wood construction, plant identification, sales presentation, exterior/interior design, irrigation troubleshooting, personnel management, and small-engine repair.
Gravely will sponsor the truck and trailer event, as well as the sales event. In the truck and trailer event, a team of students will be given the opportunity to load a Gravely mower on a trailer and then drive an obstacle with the loaded vehicle. For the sales event, students must sell a landscape design project to clients. Both events provide a simulation of what it might be like to work in the green industry.