University of Massachusetts Winter School for Turf Managers
Winter School students participate in a grass ID lab. The UMass Winter School for Turf Managers is a certificate program designed to convey concepts essential to maintaining high quality turf, with emphasis on environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. This comprehensive, dynamic short course is especially suited for experienced professionals associated with the management of golf courses, athletic fields, parks, municipal and private grounds, fine lawns and landscapes.
Winter School is an excellent choice for practitioners who seek to expand their knowledge and practical skills. The program is also uniquely suited for those who want to advance in their career, but cannot schedule a two- or four-year program, as well as career changers who want to enter the field of turf management.
Students are immersed in an intensive, full-time program scheduled Monday through Friday for six weeks. Classes are scheduled: Mon-Th 8 AM - 5 PM, and Fri 8 AM - noon. This schedule is designed to accommodate weekend commuters who may want to stay in the Amherst area Monday through Thursday evenings but head home on the weekends. Some area hotels offer special accommodation and rate packages for UMass Winter School students.
UMass Amherst faculty and distinguished guests lead a combination of classroom, laboratory, group project and discussion activities. Close-knit classes offer an opportunity to learn from the experiences of fellow students and to form relationships that will last a lifetime.
Mary Owen teaches at Winter School. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the program requirements. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission.
Pesticide recertification contact hours will be offered for all New England states, and 20.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.
The Winter School 2020 session dates are January 6 - February 14, 2020.
Application review will begin in early September, 2019.
The application deadline for U.S. applicants is November 1, 2019. Late applications may be accepted pending availability of seats.
The application deadline for international applicants is September 13, 2020, to allow time for visa processing.
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