Jim Scott, Landscape Design and Management
instructor at Knox County Career Center (KCCC) will receive the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation’s
Professional of the Year Award at this year’s OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry
Scott, who has a master’s degree from Ohio State in Agricultural Education, has been training
future industry professionals for the past 39 years. He has developed programs for FFA
members not only in Ohio, but nationwide. Countless students from his programs have gone on
to work in the green industry as golf course superintendents, lawn care owners and operators
In a time when recruiting students into the green industry has been challenging, Scott has
created a successful program at KCCC. He encourages his students to be involved in the
industry, including maintaining active memberships with organizations such as OTF and OSTMA.
Additionally, Scott has made it a priority to let his students experience the green industry first
hand by taking them on site visits to sports fields, golf courses, industry advocacy days and
other related events.
Ohio is fortunate to have many dedicated leaders within our industry, and Jim Scott is a prime
example of such leadership. Scott will receive his award on Tuesday, December 8th during the
Awards, Scholarships and Keynote ceremony at the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green
Industry Short Course.
For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show and Ohio State
University Green Industry Short Course, please visit www.otfshow.org or contact OTF at