Green & Growin’ 21 Virtual Education is Ideal for Green Industry Professionals
Everything looked different in 2020 due to the global pandemic, and business owners, employees and students stepped up to the challenge of shutdowns, social distancing and canceled events. From establishing online ordering systems with no touch delivery to video conferencing meetings and classes, everyone found new ways to do business.
Online education has always been a flexible option for people with busy schedules. NCNLA was planning an online learning program as part of expanded member benefits, and the pandemic pushed us to move a little faster. In July, we kicked off the first of five monthly webinars on topics like employee safety, online marketing and coastal landscaping. The number of registrants grew each month, so we knew we were filling a need in the green industry.
When the Green & Growin’ 21 education conference could not be held as planned due to limits on in-person meetings, we knew a viable alternative was to offer it online. The NCNLA Education Committee worked with staff to develop a program that meets a variety of needs across the green industry. We encourage you embrace online learning and take advantage of the many opportunities offered at Green & Growin’ 21 Virtual Education.
Why Virtual Education Works
Online learning allows you to take courses on your own schedule. G&G’ 21 Virtual Education gives you the choice of attending live sessions during the conference January 11-13, 2021 or watching recorded sessions through April 30, 2021. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can be earned any time during that window.
You can take the courses you need at the G&G’ 21 Virtual Education at a cost that is less per CEU than courses elsewhere. You also eliminate costs associated with travel, hotels and food, and the extended time away from work.
The traditional Green & Growin’ education program is known for its variety each year, with courses available for landscapers, growers, garden center retailers and more. The program at G&G’ 21 Virtual Education is no different. Attendees can even take advantage of additional classes to boost skills in areas outside their primary business functions. All courses are from reputable, trusted professionals in the industry.
One of the main attractions of Green & Growin’ is networking with peers, and the virtual program provides opportunities to do that. When you join a live session Jan. 11-13, you can chat with other attendees, and pose questions to the presenters in real time. During an in-person session, your questions had to be held until the end, but in a virtual setting you are welcome to chat while you listen to the presentation.
In-person meetings do not always meet the needs of people with different learning styles. With online learning, you go at your own pace. The G&G’ 21 Virtual Education program allows you to watch sessions any time until April 30, 2021, so that you can create a program that works for you. Many of the courses will have downloadable and printable handouts as well as PDFs of the presentations accessible anytime during the session to minimize the need to take notes.
Save $50 with early-bird pricing if you register before Dec. 18.
Advance registration is required to participate in the live courses Jan. 11-13. All registrants, whether you attend the live sessions or not, have access to the recordings until April 30, 2021.