Beginning this fall, students wishing to earn an associate degree in Forest Technology will be able to do so at the Huey P. Long Campus of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), the college announced.
"Forest technology and timber management are critical components of our local economy," said. Jeff Johnson, Huey P. Long Campus dean. "This new associate degree program will offer our students an opportunity to expand their skills in this vital and growing field."
The Forest Technology Program at CLTCC was initially launched as a technical diploma to meet a growing demand for skilled forest professionals. Forest Technology Instructor Jordan Franks said the program has garnered much success over the years. Now it has been elevated to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
"This exciting development marks a new era for aspiring forest technologists, providing them with enhanced academic credentials and expanded opportunities in the field of forestry and natural resource management," Franks said. "The transition to an AAS degree represents the culmination of our dedication to delivering excellence in education and responding to the evolving needs of the industry."
The new program allows CLTCC to introduce newly modified hybrid course offerings, the press release said, which is in response to student feedback. These courses combine in-person and online learning, allowing students to customize their schedules.
"By offering hybrid courses, we are ensuring that our students have the flexibility they require to manage their academic pursuits alongside personal commitments, such as work and family responsibilities," Franks said.
Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director C.A. "Buck" Vandersteen said the development is hugely positive for the forest community as well as the students.
“The forest community is delighted that the leadership of Central Louisiana Technical and Community
College (CLTCC) has designated the Forest Technology program as an Associate Degree credentialed
program. Much appreciation is extended to Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle, the CLTCC Board and all the
staff who are dedicated to the success of students in the program. This program will benefit students with
valuable training to become gainfully employed in land management, logging and manufacturing. This is
a great day for students seeking employment training in forestry at CLTCC,” said C.A. “Buck”
Vandersteen, Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association.
A few years ago, Louisiana Tech University began accepting credits earned at CLTCC toward a four-year degree at Tech. Dr. Joshua Adams, Forestry Program chairman at Louisiana Tech University, said his university is looking forward to working with Franks and CLTCC.
“Our Forestry Program at Louisiana Tech University is excited about this associates degree and the added excellence the students at CLTCC can bring to Tech, where they can finish their Bachelors in Science in Forestry degree or go
straight into the workforce desperate for forestry technicians,” Adams said.
Prospective students interested in pursuing the newly elevated Associate of Applied Science degree in
Forest Technology, with the added benefit of flexible hybrid course options, can explore the program
details and application process at www.CLTCC.edu. Classes for the updated program are set to
commence in Fall 2023. Applications for the upcoming semester are now open, and classes will
commence this fall. For information about enrollment visit www.CLTCC.edu/apply. For more
information, contact the school via email at email@example.com or call 800-278-9855.