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May 2024

Dear GCSA of New York Member,

I hope this message finds you well and excited for the upcoming season. The New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) is committed to fostering excellence in turf management and maintenance. In alignment with our mission to support and develop the turf industry's future leaders, we're thrilled to share some significant updates to our Greenskeeper and Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Programs.

The Greenskeeper apprenticeship program includes 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and 288-hours of related instruction. As it relates to the Greenskeeper program, individuals will earn 19 college credits with specialties in turfgrass management, disease, pest, water management, horticulture and other industry specific education. We see this being a valuable initiative and program to help employers address the shortage in skilled positions in the industry, and retain quality employees.

How can this program benefit you? We developed a case study with Noyac Golf Club in Long Island, New York to share their experience working through the Apprenticeship program. Please click here to learn more - NYSTA Apprenticeship Case Study.

Throughout the winter months we have been developing process implementation, outreach, marketing, and ensuring appropriate onboarding policies with all respected parties. We have formalized a small steering committee to share information and feedback from industry employers and SUNY-Delhi to strengthen the program.

We are excited to announce an increase in resources dedicated to the apprenticeship program. SUNY-Delhi, who is the related instruction partner for the program, has committed a one-time scholarship of up to $7,000 per apprentice enrolled in the program for the first cohort of apprentices. The costs for the education portion of the program will come at nearly no expense. Additionally, employers will qualify for up to $5,000 in tax credits over the two-year program.

For employers looking to participate or are interested to learn how you can benefit from our apprenticeship program, please visit or contact Tyler Bloom, Apprenticeship Coordinator, at

We are looking to solidify12 apprentices by May 30, 2024, to ensure proper enrollment processing and logistical planning for Fall 2024 education classes.

Warm regards,


Tom Kaplun

NYSTA President

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