14 University of Mount Olive Students Earn Certified Plant Professional Certification

MOUNT OLIVE – Fourteen University of Mount Olive students have earned Certified Plant Professional (CPP) certification from the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA). These students are among only 2,319 CPP’s in North Carolina.

“The North Carolina Certified Plant Professional certification recognizes proficiency in the nursery workforce, upgrades the status of the nursery professional, and provides the public with a means of identifying qualified nursery professionals,” said Ross Williams, NCNLA Executive Director. “NCNLA congratulates the University of Mount Olive students for demonstrating their commitment to professionalism in the industry.”

The CPP exam is an extremely rigorous exam. It consists of both a written examination to demonstrate mastery of nurseryand landscape skills and knowledge as well as a plant identification exam which demonstrates not only the ability to identify 300 plants and plant pests, but also to understand their management and utility in the landscape.


“The CPP is a component of one of the classes in our agriculture curriculum at University of Mount Olive,” stated Dr. Sandy Maddox, director of the Agribusiness Center.   “Students taking the class learn plant identification skills, and learn proper plant management and plant utilization techniques. Successfully passing the CPP not only verifies their mastery of these practices, but it also designates our students as highly qualified within the nursery and landscape industry. This is a much sought after certification by green industry professionals.”

Students receiving certification were: Tyler Adams of Benson (Johnston); Kim Ballance of Elizabeth City (Pasquotank); Heath Brittain of Catawba (Catawba); Kaitlyn Brock of Mount Olive (Wayne); Nelson Cashwell of Warsaw (Duplin); Jessica Gordon of Staley (Randolph); Jessica Hogan of Mount Olive (Wayne); Ryan Kovacs of Mount Olive (Wayne); Morgan Messer of Rocky Mount (Edgecombe); Johnathan Parker of Benson (Johnston); Dillon Robinson of Norlina (Warren); Hannah Singleton of Goldsboro (Wayne); Cole Watkins of Hillsborough (Orange); and Joshua Wisniewski of Elizabeth City (Pasquotank).

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.