The practical hands-on curriculum prepares students for:
- technical and mid-management positions in forestry production
- wood processing
- federal and state agencies
- manufacturing industries
- GPS/GIS technology
- plant variability and diversity
- forestry related software
- marketing and logistical skills for the forest industry
- an academic and a specialized background needed for a variety of careers in forestry
- the opportunity to earn certification in Basic Wildland, Firefighter PA – 130
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Graduates are encouraged to continue their educational pursuits. Penn College offers the Two-Plus-Two major that may be completed at the Penn College campus or online via distance learning. The Penn College Forestry program has a close affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University or students may also continue their studies at Paul Smith's College, West Virginia University or Glenville State College to obtain their bachelor’s degree.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for forest and conservation technicians was $33,920 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $53,780.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||23,460||$17.95||$37,330|
|State Government (OES Designation)||4,450||$16.67||$34,670|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||2,320||$17.97||$37,370|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||360||$16.55||$34,430|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||320||$19.57||$40,710|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
- Leather work gloves
- Safety glasses
- Safety toe boots
- ANSI Hard Hat with Ear & Eye Protection
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
- Forestry Club
Forest Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.