Landscape contractors teach high schoolers tools of the trade

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- There is a severe shortage of landscapers in Colorado and the industry wants to change that.

“We are landscape professionals that are really out there enhancing the communities through the work we do educating the public on how to better care for their yards and their lawns,” said Mike Moore, project manager wit the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.

So why the shortage?

“I don’t think it’s recognized as the most appealing business to come into.  I don’t think there is enough information about what we do,” Moore said.

That’s why the ALCC is teaming up with Green Mountain High School in Lakewood to introduce the growing industry of landscaping to young minds.

“It’s the most in-demand industry in Colorado and students should be able to have skills in it when they leave high school,” said Courtney Mayo, Green Mountain High School agriculture teacher.

One thing the kids will learn is landscaping done right requires equal parts of brawn and brain.  Green Mountain High School senior Joe Deitrick couldn’t wait to dig in.

“I’ve never had any real opportunity to kind of really take off with it until this year when we got the AG program," he said.

Manly, yes, but sophomore Casey DeField likes it too.

“It was cool to get in there and show the guys that we can do this too," she said.

So the next time your kids want to play in the dirt, maybe you should let them.

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