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The benefit of scholarships extends further than one student Email
News
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 04:00 AM

ALCC scholarship program
The ALCC scholarship program complements the Landscape Career Pathways Program by doing more than just funding student education.

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Timberline partners with Falcon High School on Career Pathways Email
News
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 03:30 AM

Dave Kranz, Falcon High School
The Irrigation 101 training provided by ALCC for high school teachers in January was a hit with Dave Kranz – a teacher at Falcon High School, Colorado Springs. Soon after loading up his Irrigation System in a Box from that training and driving back to the Springs, he was on the phone with Tim Emick, owner of Timberline Landscaping, Inc. Kranz was inspired to be the first Landscape Career Pathway school in his area, and he wanted to know how soon they could get together and talk shop.

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Career pathways are nothing new for Pickens and FRCC grads Email
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016 03:00 AM

Lauren Bloom, Bloom Concrete & Landscape
While the Landscape Career Pathway Program is helping to show more students the career opportunities available in the green industry, the program’s partners have already been training industry professionals for years. The program is getting the word out about great classes and degrees that can lead to a successful and rewarding career—something these pros know firsthand.

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Revised I-9 form coming by November 22 Email
News
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 02:00 AM

Form I-9Department of Homeland Security's US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an update on the Form I-9 revision. The previous form was set to expire March 31, 2016.

USCIS will publish the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, by November 22, 2017. Employers may continue using Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. through Jan. 21, 2017. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Employers should continue to retain and store previously completed forms for existing and former employees in accordance with guidance provided on I-9 Central.  

Form I-9 is required by employers in order to document verification of the identity and employment authorization of each new employee (both citizen and noncitizen). Find a copy of the currently accepted form at www.uscis.gov.

For updates on this issue, subscribe to the LAB or visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.

 
New Ft Collins ordinance affects landscape companies Email
News
Friday, November 04, 2016 02:00 AM


Leaf blowerA new ordinance in Fort Collins related to fugitive dust that went into effect November 1, 2016 impacts landscape companies. It applies to leaf removal and saw cutting. See: Dust Prevention and Control Manual

The City of Fort Collins has offered to provide ALCC members with a training session to discuss the ordinance, clarify compliance, and answer questions specifically about leaf blowers. ALCC is working with the City to schedule this session so that members' questions can be addressed.

CORRECTION: The City is NOT forming an advisory group to look into any possible ban of leaf blowers (or other maintenance equipment) at this time, as previously noted in this post.

According to conversations with the City of Fort Collins:

          • They are actively reaching out to stakeholders regarding the Fugitive Dust Ordinance that went into effect Nov. 1.
          • The City is interested in providing a training class for our members about this ordinance, what's involved with compliance and to answer questions you may have. 
          • The City is NOT considering a ban on leaf blowers at this time.
          • And the City isn't currently forming an advisory group to gather input on lawn and garden maintenance equipment regulations.

We apologize for any confusion and unnecessary distress caused by the previous post. ALCC appreciates the City's patience in taking calls from concerned members as a result of that post or our email to members. We appreciate the City's efforts to clarify the situation with us and also their willingness to help inform our industry about this recent ordinance pertaining to fugitive dust.

If you have questions about this ordinance, please contact Jenna Channel, Assoc. Environmental Planner at 970.416.4235 or [email protected]

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