Grounds Supervisor Earns FNGLA Certification

(Bradenton, Fla., April 25, 2007) - Mike McQueen, Manatee Community College (MCC) grounds supervisor at MCC Bradenton, is a Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professional. He passed an extensive written exam that measures horticulture knowledge and professional skills, and demonstrated skills in areas that include plant identification, disease and insect control, landscape design/management and retail procedures.

McQueen has worked at MCC for eight years. He supervises a crew of 11 that is responsible for landscaping and maintenance of the 100-acre MCC Bradenton campus. The campus won a 2006 Beautification Award from the Manatee River Garden Club and a 2003 Public Landscaping Award from Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Established by the FNGLA in the mid-'80s, the Certified Horticulture Professional Program is designed to increase professionalism among Florida's growers, landscape professionals and retail employees. The program is the industry's only standard for measuring horticultural knowledge.

"When dealing with horticulture professionals, people want someone who has the professional know-how to solve horticulture problems," said Ben Bolusky, FNGLA executive vice president. "Individuals who take steps toward certification develop the background needed to answer consumer questions."

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