Toro NSN Builds Virtual Classroom

Through the use of web technology, Toro NSN has announced the development of “Super Sessions”—a virtual training academy that broadens NSN’s curriculum to enhance the skills of golf course superintendents. Super Sessions are 90-minute training segments that are accessible from any high-speed Internet connection.

“Call it the future, but it’s very much today,” said Larry Spain, field training manager for Toro NSN. “NSN has taught more than 3,000 students in a traditional classroom setting. These Web-based sessions offer targeted training, which superintendents believe is critical to both their professional development and tightening budgets.”

Because the expense of travel is spared and the sessions are GCSAA-approved, the Web-based training is an economical way to earn GCSAA continuing education points. David F. Herman, CGCS, director of Greens and Grounds of Heritage Highlands Golf & Country Club in Marana, Ariz., agrees. “With gas prices up and little time to get away, you can participate in a session and still be at the facility to handle an emergency,” he said.

Any reservations an individual may have about attending a Web-based session are quickly dispelled when students experience easy interaction between the students and a live instructor. “The small class size and specific training topic provide the opportunity for an intense learning experience where constant interaction encourages retention of the material,” Spain said. Students can choose from a catalog full of relevant topics ranging from calculating sprinkler efficiency to advanced operation of central control systems.

To learn more about Toro NSN’s training opportunities and the new Web-based Super Sessions, visit, or call NSN Training at 888-676-8676, and select option 2.

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