Any investment in quality continuing education opportunities benefits employees and employers alike. The 2015 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online for professionals is designed to help meet the continuing education needs of any individual or organization.

This 12-week program will have training sessions accessible live online on Wednesday evenings, Jan. 7 through March 25, 2015, from 7-9 p.m. (EST) or the option to view the recorded sessions.

This 12-week certificate program aims to provide participants with thorough and practical continuing education in turfgrass management. The course is directed by educators from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with 12 turfgrass scientists and educators from eight land-grant universities, including Michigan State University.

Turfgrasses are a resource in our urban community environments and best management practices are aligned with environmental, economic and societal priorities. The Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science provides participants with the science-based principles needed to effectively manage turf for recreation, sport, aesthetics and environmental protection.

The Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science is a quality training opportunity for:

1. Practitioners that establish and maintain turfgrass for athletic fields, consumer/commercial lawns, golf courses, recreation/parks and sod production.

2. Technical representatives from industry, including suppliers of equipment, plant protectants, fertilizer, etc.

3. Those new to the industry and want to get trained and get off to a great start.

4. Those with experience in the industry who want to review or update their knowledge and practices.

The registration deadline is Dec. 31, 2014, so register online now. Early registration is encouraged and pre-registration is required.

Students will have access to the course and materials at their convenience during the 12-week period via Moodle class management system. The fee for the course is $495, which includes supplemental materials and a certificate after successful completion of the program.

For further information, contact Sam Bauer, assistant Extension professor at University of Minnesota Email, at or 763-767-3518.