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By John Reitman

Two Ohio schools reach agreement to promote careers in turf

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The largest university in Ohio and the state's only private historically black college college reached an agreement recently to promote careers in turf management.

The first-of-its kind agreement between Ohio State University and Wilberforce University will create an advanced golf course management degree program for students from the latter.

The agreement that officials from Wilberforce described as "groundbreaking" was finalized in late June and will begin in the fall. That's when students at Wilberforce will be able to enroll in online classes through Ohio State and begin earning credits toward a certificate.

The partnership includes courses in turf grass management, history of golf courses and golf management. The classes will be offered through OSU’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Established in 1856, Wilberforce is the alma mater of William Powell, the founder of Clearview Golf Club in Canton.

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