World Campus, Turf, and the Green Bay Packers

cmyk-green-bay.jpgWhen millions tune in to watch the Green Bay Packers play at home on Lambeau Field, they’ll be looking at turf maintained by fields chief Allen Johnson. Johnson is a graduate of the Advanced Certificate in Turfgrass Management program offered through the Penn State World Campus and taught by faculty of the college.

After graduating with a degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University, Johnson’s first job was at an insurance company. Unsatisfied, he took a temporary construction job helping to rebuild Lambeau Field. He soon was hired as assistant manager before being promoted to his current position as fields manager.

“I did not have that specific college-level turfgrass management education,” Johnson explained. “I felt it definitely would benefit me to have that.” 


That’s when he turned to World Campus, the online division of the University. It offers more than 70 of the most in-demand degree and certificate programs, with career-focused curricula.

The Advanced Certificate in Turfgrass Management is a comprehensive, 30-credit course of study intended for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The online format allowed Johnson to complete his certificate at his own pace while still working.

The majority of online students are working in the field and enroll in programs to acquire qualifications needed to advance professionally and realize their potential.

Johnson is a perfect example of using his online turfgrass education to reach the top echelon of sports turf management.