The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) board of directors and staff announced the rollout of CENTS University, a fresh new approach to educating the green industry at the CENTS Marketplace convention each January.

ONLA President David Richards stated, “CENTS University represents the vision of ONLA to provide world-class education about the business and green issues of greatest importance, and to deliver it with unparalleled excellence, effi ciency and cost-effectiveness. CENTS University will reach out not only with continuing education, new research and business-critical information, but with the passion and devotion that make what this industry does so much more than a livelihood.”

After its successful 2014 Show, the ONLA board of directors and staff immediately began plans to enhance the quality of its education program, while making the process more efficient and cost-effective for participants. Education will continue to be available to exhibitors, just as in previous years.

+ CENTS attendees will access world-class continuing education from the nation’s best colleges and universities and green industry professionals as well as nontraditional experts, speakers, authors, business professionals and peers who offer a unique and pertinent viewpoint

+ Coverage of topics that attendees and exhibitors – such as landscape, nursery, turf, arborist, garden center, and others – see as critically important

+ More cost-effective educational opportunities at CENTS

+ Streamlined, tech-friendly registration and payment operations

Kevin Thompson, ONLA Executive Director adds, “CENTS University marks the next generation of empowering professionals through meaningful learning. As those whose business depends on the success of the green industry, we are fortunate to have a community of supporters that is dedicated and driven. And our mission is to grow that community. With CENTS University, we are offering a world-class green and business education program worthy of the CENTS name. We continue to be motivated to make CENTS Marketplace of even higher value to exhibitors and attendees, making CENTS the one convention they can’t afford to miss.”

The CENTS Marketplace Convention will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio January 7-9, 2015.