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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

  1. Students will show evidence of understanding the theories and knowledge necessary to function as a Forest Technician.
  2. Students will develop the field and laboratory skills necessary to function as a Forest Technician.
  3. Students will understand the rigors of working in a natural environment.
  4. Students will graduate from a program that has maintained accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
  5. Students will obtain employment within six months of graduation in an area where their acquired skills are necessary.  Some may choose to continue their education at a professional forestry school where they will be given advanced placement status.


Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to properly identify biological entities that would normally be encountered within the forest ecosystem.
  2. Students will be able to quantify the components of natural landscapes.
  3. Students will apply the principles of forest and individual tree protection.
  4. Students will be able to recommend appropriate management actions which consider "multiple uses" of that landscape.
  5. Students will demonstrate competency in applying the skills and practices necessary for them to become a good leader/supervisor.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate communication skills by expressing scientific principles in audience appropriate language using a written and or oral format.
  7. Students will be able to acquire and use scientific data and information from various sources to help them understand, justify and present management decisions.
  8. Students will be aware of the hazards associated with working in and managing a natural ecosystem.
  9. Students will understand the contributions made to the economy and health of the world through good forest management.
  10. Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic plant, tree and wood biology especially as their biology contributes to individual tree health and the production of forest products.