College Degrees In The Timber Industry

Apr 22, 2014

In the boom years in the wood products business, kids could graduate high school and head for the woods or the mill for a family-wage job. 

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

It's a lot more complicated now.  Forest products companies want better-schooled employees, but have a hard time finding them. 

Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay plans to help, by establishing a two-year associate's degree in forestry, starting this fall. 

SWOCC's Ross Tomlin joins us to explain the features of the program, and the hoped-for outcomes.