The video-based training is entitled Introductory Employee Training Program for Greenhouse Crop Production, and is offered by the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University. It provides introductory-level information about the greenhouse industry plus learning models on greenhouse crop production from beginning to end, controlling insects and diseases, and shipping and handling procedures.
One of the unique features of this training is that it is offered in English and Spanish. With the increased number of Hispanic workers in the green industry, this training module provides a valuable service to the industry by providing employees who are new to the industry with an overview of what greenhouse production of floral crops is all about.
Video quizzes are used throughout the course sections, and the instruction is available in both languages with transcripts available for downloading.
The course costs $55 and is available through eXtension, an online collaboration among the Cooperative Extension System. Growers can enroll at any time and will receive an “enrollment key” to the site which is valid for 90 days in order to facilitate training multiple employees during that time frame.
Registration for the course may be completed by going to http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu and clicking on “Online Courses” or by clicking here for the direct link. After successfully registering for the training, the user will be automatically directed to the eXtension website where the course is administered (under the “Greenhouse” section). Simply enter the enrollment key and the training begins automatically.