Through outdoor learning and hands-on experience, this program prepares students for technical positions in forestry production, wood processing and manufacturing industries.
Three sites are used as experimental forest where various thinning and harvesting techniques are practiced. A variety of hardwood and conifer stands between 10 – 80 years of age are present in the 3 outdoor laboratories. A 2-acre pond and recreation field complement the outdoor facilities.
Equipment supporting the educational program include a dehumidification dry kiln, dozer, a John Deere 440C skidder and CAT D3 skidder dozer, a John Deer 380 forklift, a portable Mighty Might band mill, and a 2011 tandem International logging truck with Prentice loader.
The educational program in Forest Technology leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Forest Technology is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.
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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
- Forest fire control
- wildlife habitat improvement
- timber estimation, marking, and stand improvement
- location and survey of forest property lines
DCNR's need for Forest Technicians is not diminishing. Assisting with timber harvesting and the Marcellus Shale issues has increased our need to fill these positions. Penn College is our lifeline for these positions as they are one of the few in-state schools graduating Forest Technicians.
Debra Gray, Human Resource Analyst, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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