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Commercial Turf and Grounds Program Touts New Toyota, National Award

The Commercial Turf and Grounds Management (CTG) program at State Technical College of Missouri is one of six finalists nationwide that received the Outstanding Postsecondary/ Adult Agricultural Education Program Award and a two-year lease on a new Toyota Tundra.

The Tundra will be presented on April 23 at the Riley Toyota Grand Opening event in Jefferson City. Ryan Klatt, CTG chair, and Nick Rackers, CTG instructor will accept the award on behalf of State Tech at 4:45 pm. The entire event runs from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Klatt and Rackers have been agricultural instructors at State Technical College of Missouri for 12 and seven years, respectively. They keep students apprised of current industry trends in landscaping and turf grass management by utilizing the entire STC campus as a practical outdoor learning environment. He and Rackers prepare graduates for gainful employment in both commercial and residential landscaping.  

“The strong reputation of the CTG program and the quality of students that graduate continually endorses the credibility of the program,” said Alice Longfellow, President of Longfellow’s Garden Center, Inc. “Central Missouri businesses and residents are fortunate to have such a resource of quality horticulturists in this community.”

Toyota sponsors the Outstanding Postsecondary/ Adult Agricultural Education Program Award as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The award recognizes “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” 

State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only state technical college. Hands-on technical courses balanced with a strong foundation in communication, problem solving, decision-making and critical thinking prepare graduates for profitable employment and a life of learning.

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