Carolinas GCSA partnering with state chapters on extensive online education program

Carolinas GCSA partnering with state chapters on extensive online education program

30 classes in 30 days event begins Nov. 2.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carolinas GCSA has announced plans for an extensive online conference. 
 
Participants can sit for as many or as few of 30 distinct seminars scheduled one per day over 30 days this fall beginning Nov. 2. The two-hour classes start at 1 p.m. EST, making the education accessible for industry professionals in various regions. 
 
The Carolinas GCSA has invested in tailored software to make the attendee experience as smooth and seamless as possible. The vast majority of classes will be presented live and carry GCSAA education points and, in participating states, pesticide credits.
 
In addition to first-class education, participants will also share in $30,000 worth of cash prizes.
 
Registration opens later this month, but multiple GCSAA-affiliated chapters are partnering to promote the event to members and will receive a share of revenues as a result. Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin are among the states where chapters have committed as co-promoters. 
 
“We have created a platform with the potential for everyone to benefit, and the more people who participate the more benefit there will be for everyone,” said Carolinas GCSA President, Brian Stiehler, CGCS, MG, from Highlands Country Club in Highlands, North Carolina. “Clearly, we’re not the only association that has been forced to cancel meetings and events. But members can’t put their professional development on hold or wait until there is a vaccine to access the latest research and advancements. We’re all living in an extraordinary time right now, which is why we are taking extraordinary steps to make the best of it.”
 
The Carolinas GCSA’s annual Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the largest regional event for golf course superintendents in the country. But the association canceled this year’s in-person event after surveying members, exhibitors and educators this summer. 
 
“That was arguably the biggest and toughest decision in the history of our association,” Stiehler said. “But out of that disappointment, we’ve come up with a Plan B that we believe has the potential to deliver an A-plus outcome, not just for our members but for superintendents and their chapters across the country and even overseas.” 
 
For further details on “Conference Comes to You” as they become available, monitor carolinasgcsa.org or follow @CarolinasGCSA on Twitter.