Irrigation boot camp

ALCC is partnering with Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) to recruit and train new people for the industry in an Irrigation Boot Camp that will begin at the Osage Campus on May 18th. The intensive sessions will be offered Thursday and Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays. Most of the time will be spent learning and practicing hands-on skills.

Dates: May 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26; June 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9
Times: Thursdays and Friday 6:00 - 10:00PM, Saturdays all day (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - exact start/end times subject to change) - 48 hours of instruction total
Location:  Emily Griffith Technical College, 1205 Osage Street, Denver, CO 80204
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What attendees will learn
Curriculum is based on the Landscape Training Manual for Irrigation Technicians (course textbook) and will emphasize:

  • The importance of water management in Colorado and career opportunities
  • Basic irrigation concepts
  • System components 
  • Programming controllers
  • Basic troubleshooting strategies
  • Overview of how soils and plant types impact watering practices
  • Related soft skills

Volunteers needed
With 25 to 30 people in the class, the instructor needs back-up assistance to teach hands-on irrigation skills. Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with attendees so they master skills quickly. We are asking for volunteers to give one Thursday or Friday evening or a Saturday morning or Saturday afternoon. If many people can help with just one session, we’ll have the extra hands needed to be successful.

Be an ambassador: part of being a classroom volunteer is also to be an ambassador for the industry. Be prepared to share your story, talk about how you and others have moved up in your careers – and why you love working in the green industry.

People who don’t know us or the cool things we do need to know why the green industry is a great place to work. Help people learn and be an ambassador. Contact Becky Garber at 720 307-5093.

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