Coastal Pines Technical College’s Timber Harvesting Program Receives Regional and National Awards
May 15, 2017 03:10 PM
Recently Amanda Morris, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Tommy Peagler (see photo left), Forestry/Timber Harvesting Program Instructor, traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the National Forest Resources Association (FRA) Conference and Awards Ceremony. The Forest Resources Association represents the interests of nearly 500 organizations and businesses in the forest products industry. Its members range from loggers, mills, equipment manufacturers, and local forestry associations to large corporations. The association advocates for pro-forestry product policies that create jobs, sustain forest resources and meet the needs of the wood fiber supply chain through private enterprise.
The Timber Harvesting Program at Coastal Pines Technical College is of special interest to this organization since it provides opportunities for students to enter the field of work directly related to forest resources.
During the pilot phase of the Timber Harvesting Program, Coastal Pines Officials corresponded with FRA Appalachian & Southwide Region Manager, Rick Meyer. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Meyer invited Vice President Amanda Morris to submit an article to the National FRA Magazine providing details about the program.
The Timber Harvesting program started as an idea from officials of prominent timber companies in South Georgia who wanted to increase opportunities for young people to become involved in the timber industry. Several industry leaders, along with various Coastal Pines Technical College staff, met to form the Timber Harvesting Operations Advisory Committee. Students who are interested in a Timber Harvesting credential enroll through the Move on When Ready (MOWR) program, a high school dual enrollment initiative, and then advance to regular college enrollment after graduating from high school.
The article was subsequently entered into a regional and national writing contest. Coastal Pines Technical College received both the Southern Regional and the National FRA Technical Writing Awards for the Timber Harvesting Program. This honor was commemorated at an awards dinner, where a plaque and financial contribution were presented to Program Instructor, Tommy Peagler. The generous contribution will be designated for the Timber Harvesting Program through the College Foundation.
Information about the program may be obtained from Coastal Pines Technical College by visiting our website, contacting the college at 1-877-332-8682, or contacting Tommy Peagler at 912.284.2569.