Gogebic Community College

Press Release - May 30, 2013

GCC offers new two-year program in Forestry Technology

Gogebic Community College announces the addition of a new two-year program in Forestry Technology. Over several months, GCC has collaborated with Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) school of Forest Resources and Environmental Science to develop a two-year Associate of Applied Technology degree in Forestry Technology that will begin this fall.

“Forestry is so dominant in the (Upper Peninsula) region, so we were looking at finding a school that could open the doors (in this field) for those students that might not have had the opportunity,” said Christopher Hohnholt of MTU’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. “Jim Lorenson (GCC President) is an alum of the MTU School of Forestry program so, it just made sense to reach out to GCC to pitch this program.”

MTU and GCC have always had a strong relationship ensuring a seamless process for students transferring on to MTU and want to continue to do the same with this program.

Ken Trzaska, Dean of Instruction, along with, adjunct faculty member, Bill Perkis have worked diligently over several months with Hohnholt develop this program for this fall and to ensure that future graduates experience a smooth transfer process for those interested in continuing on to MTU.

GCC’s program will prepare individuals to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources or to transfer to MTU. The program centers on students gaining experience and training in the field on conducting a forest inventory, to build strong field skills and competency, tree identification expertise, timber measurement, logging and timber harvesting, forest propagation and regeneration, forest fire fighting, resource management and operations, equipment operation and maintenance, record-keeping, sales and purchasing operations, and personnel supervision. The program requires approximately 64 credits of study with approximately 44 of those credits as core to forestry.

The program is designed for students who are interested in immediately finding gainful employment after completing the Associate of Applied Science degree or for those students interested in transferring to Michigan Tech’s School of Forestry Resources and Environmental Science program.

“Michigan Tech used to have a strong forestry technician program on their campus, but no longer offers two-year programs,” according to Hohnholt.

“This just made sense,” said Hohnholt “and we are excited about it.”

Openings are available for the fall 2013 semester in this program. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at Gogebic Community College at (906) 932-4231, ext. 207, (800) 682-5910, ext. 207.