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Ray Rogers poses with his award winning ten- year old Deuterocohnia brevifolia which won Best in Show and the Certificate of Excellence in Horticulture and his hybrid Aloe plant which won the Louise Agee Wrinkle Award for Propagation.
CLEVELAND, WI —
Lakeshore Technical Collegeâ€™s Horticulture Instructor Ray Rogers recently received several awards at the Show of Summer Horticulture event in Chicago, IL. Rogers won three top horticulture awards, along with 12 blue ribbons for his plants.
Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) presented the competitive flower show, Show of Summer, with the theme "Our Kind of Town" on June 21 and 22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. One of the main purposes of the show was to educate visitors about horticulture, flower arranging and conservation. This year, participants were asked to interpret the theme â€œOur Kind of Townâ€ throughout the displays. More than 100 members from dozens of GCA clubs around the country participated in the event.
â€œI really appreciate the recognition from the Show of Summer but the bigger thrill for me is to be able to share the experience and knowledge with my students,â€ said Rogers. â€œI look forward to my students someday being able to do this.â€
All of Rogersâ€™ plants were grown in the greenhouse on the Environmental Campus at LTC and were often incorporated into classroom instruction. Some have also been propagated as offerings at the LTC Horticulture Clubâ€™s plant sales held in late April and early May.
Rogersâ€™ ten-year-old Deuterocohnia brevifolia , a relative of Spanish moss and pineapple, won both Best in Show and the Certificate of Excellence in Horticulture.
Rogers also produced and sowed the seeds for a hybrid Aloe. It won the Louise Agee Wrinkle Award for Propagation at the event.
The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture program and Horticulture Technician program at LTC prepares students for a variety of disciplines in the industry. From greenhouse and nursery workers, to landscape maintenance or landscape construction crews for landscape contractors, lawn care service companies, botanical gardens, municipal park departments, golf courses, civil engineering firms, and natural resource management agencies, these programs offer a sequence of classroom, labs, and real world experience through on-campus projects for the most comprehensive training to prepare individuals to enter the workforce.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTCâ€™s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: www.gotoltc.edu.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by WalletHub.com, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.
Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.
*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Follow-up Report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.