BOSTON, Mass. — More than 600 high school students from across New England made the trip to Boston on Feb. 4-6 to participate in New England GROWS' new Future Leaders program.
“New England GROWS is a great place for young people to explore all the possibilities and potential available to them in this growing industry,” said Doug McDuff, New England GROWS' board member and owner of Landscape America in Wrentham, Mass. “Engaged students make stellar employees. As business owners, we're thrilled with the enthusiastic response this new recognition program received.”
The Future Leaders program provided high school students with an exclusive opportunity to gain cutting-edge horticultural knowledge, engage with industry leaders, explore the latest equipment and services and become familiar with many career options.
The students' day began with an orientation session that featured a quick overview of the green industry and guidance from a panel of industry representatives who, along with many other GROWS participants, served as Future Leader Ambassadors.
“I was one of the lucky students to attend [the orientation session at GROWS] and I was skeptical about how interested I would be,” said one student. “As soon as the first speaker started to convey his knowledge of the industry, I was hooked…I realized just how lucky I was to be in that room.”