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The latest ALCC news, including Colorado Green NOW articles, legislative updates, and programming announcements. 

Ask USCIS to release supplemental H-2B visas Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Last week, on April 8, USCIS hosted an H-2B Nonimmigrant Worker Supplemental Visas Listening Session. There were many participants on the call representing the landscape industry, forestry, and hospitality along with other industries who benefit from the H-2B program. Due to the high volume of participants, not everyone was able to speak on the call. While the comments made on the call were overwhelmingly in support of the need for additional H-2B visas, opponents of the program continue to lobby the Administration against the release of supplemental visas. It is important that we make our collective voices heard and that we urge DHS to immediately release all additional H-2B visas that are authorized under the law.

Please take a minute to send a short email to USCIS stressing the need for the immediate release of supplemental visas. 

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Upcoming SLM Colorado online training class Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 12:00 AM

SLM Colorado training

Earn your Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Colorado certificate at next week's online class on Tuesday, April 13. Deadline to register for this session is Friday, April 9.

Register for this SLM training class delivered via webinar – and take advantage of a discounted registration fee, courtesy of Northern Water Conservancy District. Northern Water is subsidizing a portion of the registration fee for all participants for a limited time.

The SLM training is a 4-hour class. After the class, attendees will take an online exam. A passing score on the exam will earn attendees the SLM certificate. Each registrant must have an SLM manual for the class. Registrants can purchase the manual during the registration process. 

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Location: Ring Central Video via Zoom (link will be sent to registrants)
Price for class: $125.00 $65.00 for the class. Open to ALCC members only.
SLM manual price: Each registrant must purchase a copy of the SLM manual. The cost is $50.00 + tax (you may purchase the manual during the registration process). Manuals may be picked up at the ALCC office (a pick-up date and time must be arranged in advance). 

Registration deadline is Friday, April 9.

Cancellation policy: You must cancel by 5:00 PM the Friday before class, to receive a full refund or credit. After that time your registration fee is non-refundable. Additional sessions will be offered Tuesday, June 8 and in the fall.

*The SLM training class is open to ALCC members only. Pre-registration is required. 

Questions? Need help with registration? Contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092.


 ALCC events are eligible for CEUs toward Landscape Industry Certification

Special thanks to Northern Water Conservancy District for subsidizing the registration fee for participants.

Thank you to our SLM sponsors, CPS Distributors and Hunter Industries/ FX Luminaire.

CPS Distributors    Hunter | FX Luminaire

 
ALCC announces 2021 scholarship recipients Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 05:00 AM

ALCC has announced its scholarship recipients for 2021. This year there are three student recipients. They will be formally recognized at The ELITE Awards ceremony, which has been delayed to fall 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Michael Womochil, key proponent of Landscape Career Pathways, to retire Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 04:00 AM

Michael Womochil, Program Director for Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources with the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), will retire this year at the end of June. He has been a long-time ally to the Colorado landscape industry.

Womochil helped ALCC launch its Landscape Career Pathways Program in 2014 in order to help train students as skilled workers who can be hired directly out of high school into upwardly mobile careers in the landscape industry.

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Two Colorado schools showed their skills at virtual landscape competition Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 03:30 AM

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) was held virtually in March. Activities and challenges were reimagined in the virtual format and teams were given multiple options to earn points for their schools from their remote locations. Challenges were on the honor system and were individually scored. Points from individual challenges didn’t roll up to a team score this year.

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