Forestry Technology is an instructional program that prepares individuals to produce, protect, and manage timber and other forest crops. Students enrolled in the program will participate in a variety of learning experiences related to land and forest measurements, growth processes of timber stands, tree identification, timber and forest products harvesting, timber stand management, forest protection, and forest products utilization.
Emphasis is placed on the development of job skills that allow students to enter employment. The latest technologies and computer application skills are incorporated into courses. The program combines lecture-based activities with laboratory field experiences.
Forestry Technology is a two-year technical program. An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of the curriculum. Enrollment is open in either the fall or spring semesters. Job openings often occur in forestry industries, state and federal agencies, and private consultants.
Graduates are qualified for forest technician jobs, including cruising timber for a private company or a private forester, as well as employment with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, a state agency, as a forest technician, or employment with the U.S. Forest Service, a federal agency.
Dendrology: A study of trees including their classification and commercial uses. An emphasis on tree identification by geographic area, habitat, bark, twigs, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Includes field work.
Forest Products: Covers wood
and forest products processing. Instruction in grading hardwood and pine lumber. Includes field work.
Forest Measurements: Designed to provide the fundamentals of forest measurements. Includes field work.
Instructors field enquiries from potential employers and assist students in submitting applications for positions.
Salaries: Beginning salaries start in the $20,000's
Graduation rate: 90-95%