CLTCC Announces Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator Training at its Winnfield Site

CLTCCAlexandria, La. — Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) in partnership with the Louisiana Forestry Association, the Louisiana Logging Council and the Louisiana Society of America’s Foresters is offering another 16-week Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator (T.H.E.O.) Training Program.

The class is scheduled to begin Aug. 19, 2014, at the Winnfield extension site.  It will be held in the evening and will include classroom and field instruction.  Participants will receive hands-on training and have an opportunity to earn a Master Logger Certification, along with an OSHA 10-hour card and CPR certification.

“We had 13 students in our first class,” said Marvinette Holly, director of Sponsored Programs and Community Development at CLTCC.  “The 11 students that completed the program were hired by local members of the Louisiana Logging Council and are now earning $27,000 to $32,000 per year.”

According to Forests & People, an official publication of the Louisiana Forestry Association, Louisiana’s timber harvesting workforce has declined since 2009 and lacks enough contractors to meet the increasing demand.

The cost for the class is $1,500.  A limited number of scholarships are available through the local Workforce Office and the Louisiana Logging Council.  Interviews and drug testing are required to participate in the program.

Interested individuals should contact Remus Jones at remusjones@cltcc.edu or (318) 487-5443, ext. 1123.

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