Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 8:30
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College Degrees In The Timber Industry

Ross Tomlin explains SWOCC's re-introduction of a forestry program.

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. 


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