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Suwannee Forest Products Donates to CPTC Timber Harvesting Program

July 11, 2016 11:24 AM

Chad Nimmer presents CPTC forestry technology instructor Tommy Peagler a checkRepresentative Chad Nimmer demonstrated continued support of technical education by securing a generous donation from Suwannee Forest Products for the new timber harvesting program at Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC). Nimmer, a member of the timber harvesting advisory committee at Coastal Pines, contributed to the development of the new program with input and other support. The gift will assist students enrolled in the program with tuition and fees.

According to CPTC forestry technology instructor Tommy Peagler, the timber harvesting program prepares students for a logging or timber career by providing lessons and experiential training on topics such as timber harvesting safety, forest products, woodland skills, and timber industry standards and ethics.The first group of students to enroll in the program were Move On When Ready (MOWR) high school students who received both high school and college credit for the courses at no cost to them or their parents. In addition, the college credit they received does not affect the students’ HOPE cap.

“The success of the new CPTC timber harvesting program is directly linked to leaders in the timber industry,” stated Dr. Deibert recently when asked about the pilot program.

“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,” continued 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 the graduates and employers.”

For more information on the Timber Harvesting Program, contact Tommy Peagler at or (912) 284-2569. The Timber Harvesting Program is a Move On When Ready (MOWR) program. For more information on MOWR, contact Amanda Morris at

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 simultaneously. There is no cost to participating students for tuition, and CPTC provides the textbooks.


State Representative Chad Nimmer (middle) recently presented Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) forestry technology instructor Tommy Peagler (right) with a check from Suwannee Forest Products for the new timber harvesting program. Peagler accepted the check on behalf of CPTC Foundation Chair Larry Paulk and CPTC President Dr Glenn Deibert. Randy Dixon (left) of Pierce Timber Company in Blackshear was on hand for the presentation. Pierce Timber also supports the program, which is taught by Peagler.


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