The perennial goal of the UMass Winter School for Turf Managers is to furnish turf managers with concepts essential to the maintenance of high-quality turf, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. This highly acclaimed certificate program immerses students in a full-time, seven-week course of study focused solely on the management of fine turf and taught by UMass faculty, staff and distinguished guests.
Winter School 2013 is scheduled for January 2 to February 15 at the UMass campus in Amherst. The program is especially suited for those who desire to take their career in turf management to the next level, but are unable to schedule a two or four-year degree program. Winter School is an excellent choice for professionals who seek to expand their knowledge and practical skills. The program is also uniquely suited for career changers who want to enter the field of turf management.
The UMass Winter School for Turf Managers has been offered since 1927 and was the first program of its kind. The course provides 32 hours of intensive, expert instruction each week, covering general turf management, physiology, pest management (insects, diseases and weeds), soils, fertilizers, irrigation, personnel management and much more. Enrollment is limited, and close-knit classes offer the opportunity to form lasting relationships with peers and memories that will last a lifetime.
Applications are reviewed as they arrive, and since seating is limited, earlier applications have a higher probability of acceptance. The application deadline for international students is September 21, 2012, to allow enough time for J-1 visa processing.
For more information about Winter School and application materials, refer to: http://extension.umass.edu/turf/education/turf-winter-school. Alternatively, call 413-545-5202, or email [email protected].