Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Horticulture

First Advisor

Cynthia Haynes

Abstract

Labor intensive tasks, seasonal positions, low wages, and a decreasing supply of domestic labor have contributed to Iowa horticultural firms hiring foreign-born workers. The majority of these workers are Spanish-speaking Latinos who arrived to the United States from Mexico and other parts of Latin America and find jobs in golf course maintenance, landscape installation, and nursery production. Addressing the educational and other employment needs of both Latino workers and their managers was anticipated to improve working conditions, job satisfaction, and productivity of both employees and the companies that hired Latino workers. This study assessed educational needs, communication gaps and technical skills of English-speaking managers of primarily Spanish-speaking workers in the Iowa horticultural industry. This study also assessed educational needs and technical issues of Spanish-speaking workers in the Iowa horticultural industry. The study produced a list of topics for educational programming that could improve communications and horticultural knowledge between English-speaking managers and Latino employees.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-1418

Copyright Owner

Emilie Justen

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

70 pages

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Horticulture Commons

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