Aquascape Designs’ College Pro Pond Builders Program Represents the Future of Water Gardening

In 2005, Aquascape Designs’ president and CEO Greg Wittstock had an epiphany. What if the next generation of pond builders were educated on the benefits of the all-natural, ecosystem pond before they even got out of the gate? With that, the College Pro Pond Builders experience was created to provide young entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn how to operate a successful water feature installation business. It continues in 2006 with even more participants coming in from colleges across the United States to learn more about ponds.

“The College Pro Pond Builders are a new generation of pond builders that have the luxury of learning how to do things right the first time,” Wittstock said. “We’re happy to share our knowledge with the future of the water gardening industry.”

For three days in May, prospective college student pond builders came to Aquascape Designs for a training session to help them hone their pond building and business skills. Courses were taught on financials, sales and marketing, and general business, allowing each participant to get a real look at the business behind building ponds. The group also had a chance to get dirty with a hands-on water feature build.

One of the most rewarding parts of the College Pro Pond Building experience is that training doesn’t end with three days of instruction. On-going support and continuing education are two of the key elements that provide the cornerstones of the College Pro Pond experience. “The joy that these kids will get from transforming people’s personal spaces by utilizing water in the design will be worth it,” Wittstock said. “The fact that they’ll earn money for school while learning the pros and cost of running their own businesses will make it that much better.”

For more information on Aquascape Designs’ products and programs, log onto or call 1-866-877-6637 (U.S.) or 866-766-3426 (CAN).

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