General Information

The GIW Portal is a free service for the Green Industry to help train employees, potential employees, and students wanting to gain certifications and licenses or the knowledge needed to improve their lives and careers.

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December 2016 Schedule is Coming Soon

Hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery

The GIW Portal is hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery and content will be added as needed to help the industry and educators. Live training and testing may be scheduled during the year, but at this time is limited to the Appalachian Region of Alabama. Partnering sponsors, willing to supplement training costs, may schedule the training anywhere outside of Alabama's ARC Region.

Locations For Live Training

We are proud to announce that our new “brick and mortar” home is the Pelham Civic Complex and we will be offering lots of one-day classes and multi-day expos and programing over the years. The facility is beautiful and offers seating for 15-500 attendees and is a perfect location for business meetings and company educational programming. Let me know if I can help you with arranging any meeting at the PCC. We will continue to offer many live classes throughout the southeast at various locations, so stay tuned.

Accessible for study anywhere, anytime

The GIW Portal and the library of video content, links, and reproducible content will be accessible for study anytime. Live classes and "virtual office hour schedules" are being developed at this time and will be listed on the "Classes and Training" page.

Backed by many professionals, national, state and local associations, schools, colleges, and government entities

The GIW Portal has been created and will be sustained by a large group of supporters, listed on the "Sponsors and Partners" page. If you want to attend live classes, schedule a class in your area, or would like to help support the GIW efforts, please contact: GIW Educational Director, Fred Kapp: fred.kapp@giwportal.org or 205-862-2588.

December 13, 2016
Turgrass Best Management Practices
When: December 13th, 2016; 9:00 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Where: Pelham Civic Center Get a refresher on the best maintenance practices in a turgrass setting. 10 recertification points towards OTPS/OTPC/ROW. Class fee is $39. A Note on Classes Class locations: "Pelham Civic Center" is our new classroom at the Pelham Civic Center, 500 Amplitheater Road, 35124; see their website at http://pelhamciviccomplex.com/ "Shields Center" is our classroom at W.C. Patton Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The address is 3969 14th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35234 All the listed classes are no cost for ALDOT DBEs, ALSDE Ag teachers and City of Pelham employees, space available. Contact information: Contact Portal Program Manager Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com or Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net to reserve your spot in class as many fill quickly!
December 14, 2016
Insect Biology for Landscape and Turf Pests
When: December 14th, 2016; 9:00 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Where: Shields Center, W.C. Patton Park, Birmingham Get informed on the biology of insects and how you can use that knowledge to fine-tune your IPM program. 10 points for OTPS/OTPC/D&R. Class fee is $39. A Note on Classes Class locations: "Pelham Civic Center" is our new classroom at the Pelham Civic Center, 500 Amplitheater Road, 35124; see their website at http://pelhamciviccomplex.com/ "Shields Center" is our classroom at W.C. Patton Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The address is 3969 14th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35234 All the listed classes are no cost for ALDOT DBEs, ALSDE Ag teachers and City of Pelham employees, space available. Contact information: Contact Portal Program Manager Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com or Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net to reserve your spot in class as many fill quickly!
December 20, 2016
Ornamental and Turf Pest Control Exam Study Support
When: December 20th, 2016; 9:00 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Where: Mobile Sewer and Water Headquarters, Mobile, Alabama Planning on taking the state pesticide licensing test? Come get up to speed on the latest information! Recieve 10 points for OTPS/OTPC/D&R. Class fee is $39. A Note on Classes Class locations: "Pelham Civic Center" is our new classroom at the Pelham Civic Center, 500 Amplitheater Road, 35124; see their website at http://pelhamciviccomplex.com/ "Shields Center" is our classroom at W.C. Patton Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The address is 3969 14th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35234 All the listed classes are no cost for ALDOT DBEs, ALSDE Ag teachers and City of Pelham employees, space available. Contact information: Contact Portal Program Manager Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com or Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net to reserve your spot in class as many fill quickly!
January 12, 2017
Exmark Traveling Class: Exmark Landscape, ROW, and Forest Pests
When: January 12th, 2017; 8:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. Where: Commercial Lawn, Lebanon, Tennessee Our traveling class will begin this December and continue through March of next year. Come and get an update on topics in landscape, right of way, and forest pest identification and management. All classes start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Details and pesticide points are listed below. These classes are at NO COST and includes a lunch. To sign up for these classes, email Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com. *GA pesticide points: 1 hr Cat 23, 2 hrs Cat 24, 1 hr Cat 27 ** AL pesticide points: 10 hrs for ROW/FOR/OTPS ^ SC pesticide points: 5 hrs (other states pesticide points pending)

December 06, 2016

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Spay Technician

Southern Roots Lawn is seeking a full time spray technician with 2+ years of experience. Position is based in Pelham. Southern Roots Lawn offers starting pay of $15-17/hr. DOE, medical & dental insurance, paid vacation & holidays, smoke free and drug free working environment. Contact - David Wood southernrootslawn@yahoo.com