Ohio State Has a Retail Florist Program

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. I was there as part of a delegation of AFE trustees, (AFE stands for the American Floral Endowment, www.endowment.org). AFE sponsors some floral research at that university, and we were there checking up on their progress. But I digress. The point of this blog post is to talk about the Retail Florist Program. This university has a four year degree in floriculture. They train students for positions as: Floral Designer, Retail Flower Shop Manager, Event Planner, Display Artist and Floral Business Entrepreneur. The university also has a flower shop on campus, where the students help to manage the shop. Many of the students travel to the AIFD July convention each year, where the students compete to earn the SAIFD (Student AIFD designation). The students also do all the events at Ohio State where flowers are necessary. Part of the training these students get is real-world pressure type situations. For example the professor will take students and hand them a stack of orders (just like would happen in a real shop) and they tell them these are the times when these arrangements need to be completed. Again just like in a real shop where there is a finite amount of time to get an arrangement done.

They also are interested in placing students as interns, so they can gain more experience. If you are interested in having one of these students intern at your shop, contact Terry Lanker at lanker.2@osu.edu. or phone her 330-287-1242.

-Eric Levy