Successful, New CPTC Timber Harvesting Program Moves Into Phase II
May 24, 2016 05:08 PM
Representative Chad Nimmer and Randy Dixon of Pierce Timber Company in Blackshear met recently with Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) forest technology instructor Tommy Peagler to finalize the equipment list, the program schedule and the required skill set for the second phase of the new timber harvesting program at Coastal Pines. According to CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert, the success of the new CPTC timber harvesting program is directly linked to leaders in the timber industry, such as Rep. Nimmer and Dixon, who helped develop the program.
The pilot program began fall semester, August 2015, when CPTC advisors enrolled 15 Pierce County High School (PCHS) students into the Basic Timber Harvesting certificate program. Because the students were in high school, the Move on When Ready (MOWR) program provided funding for tuition and fees, and CPTC provided the instructor, Tommy Peagler.
Last week students completed their second semester in the program and graduated with a Basic Timber Harvesting technical certificate (TCC) and two certifications: Master Timber Harvesting and First Aid. The students have now received both high school and college credit for the courses they passed in the 12 semester-hour program. And none of the courses will be counted in the HOPE Grant or HOPE Scholarship credit hour cap, should they decide to continue their post-secondary education at CPTC or any other Georgia college or university.
While in the Basic Timber Harvesting program, students mastered topics such as timber harvesting safety, forest products, woodland skills and timber industry standards and ethics. They also went on field trips, including a trip to Coastal Pines Technical College in Waycross where they observed land being cleared for the construction of a new building.
Timmy Oliver, with Oliver Logging from Waycross, was on site harvesting timber from the designated area. The Caterpillar (CAT) loader he was using is a demonstration machine from Yancey Bros. Co., located in Waycross, that Oliver was considering for purchase. Yancey Bros. Co. sales representative Craig Foreman was on hand that day, while students observed, to answer questions about the machine. The group of seniors observed the loader stripping the limbs from the tree; topping (cutting) the tree to the appropriate length and size; and then loading the tree onto the waiting log truck.
At least half of the Basic Timber Harvesting graduates from the group have now enrolled in the second part of the program (an additional 6 semester hours) to earn the 18 semester-hour Timber Harvesting Operations certificate. Students will now be using a CAT log loader. In fact, they will be using a CAT loader, a John Deere Skidder, and a John Deere Feller-buncher as part of the skill set requirements for the program.
The equipment was donated by area business owners for use during the duration of the program (summer semester) by CPTC Timber Harvesting Operations instructors and students. Yancey Bros. Co. in Waycross donated use of the CAT loader for the 3-mnoth period, while Flint Equipment Company in Brunswick donated the use of the John Deere Skidder and John Deere Feller-buncher. After successfully completing the second phase of the program, students may opt to enroll in the final phase to train and apply for their CDL license before seeking employment with a local timber harvesting crew.
“We sincerely appreciate Representative Chad Nimmer, Randy Dixon, Hugh Thompson, Jimmy Lydon, Wesley Langdale, and all the other advisory committee members and timber industry leaders who have helped make this program a success,” said CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “These types of partnerships ensure a stronger, better qualified workforce. The extra time it takes to determine the skill sets needed, identify the target population, establish the appropriate equipment, and identify the most valuable certifications is worth it in the end – for th graduates and employers.”
For more information on the Timber Harvesting Program, contact Tommy Peagler at firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 284-2569. The Timber Harvesting Program is currently a Move On When Ready (MOWR) program. For more information on MOWR, contact Amanda Morris at email@example.com. Georgia’s Move On when Ready program expanded dual enrollment to allow students in grades 9-12 to take college level courses and earn credit toward both their high school diploma and a college degree at the same time. There is no cost to participating students for tuition, and CPTC provides the textbooks.
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Photo top right: Nimmer, Dixon, & Peagler | Representative Chad Nimmer, a member of the timber industry advisory group for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC), and Randy Dixon, both of Pierce Timber Company meet with CPTC forest technology instructor Tommy Peagler to finalize the equipment list required for the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Timber Harvesting Operations class.
Photo bottom left: PCHS MOWR Students | 2016 PCHS Move On When Ready students observe timber harvesting on the Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross campus. Participating in the demo were (left to right): Timmy Oliver (Oliver Logging), Cole Corbitt, Dylan McMillan, Jordan Kirby, Ephran Gomez, Alex Lyons, Shane Dixon, Chance Thornton, Layne Ambrose, Tyler McBee, Lawton OBerry, Chance Moody, James Lee, Andrew Ward, Austin Couthern, and Craig Foreman (Yancey Bros Co). Not pictured: Instructor Tommy Peagler and student Jacob Phillips.