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Okanagan/Shuswap Highlights
Debbie Sluggett, Kalon Nahachewsky (Educational Liaisons)
Debbie Bazett (Forest Education Coordinator, COFI - Southern Operations)

Promoting Forestry as a Career Choice- Visiting Local High Schools

local schoolsEvery year we have forestry instructors from BCIT, UBC, Selkirk College and TRU visit our high schools. In the fall, we arranged for BCIT and UBC to make presentations. This spring, we had Selkirk and TRU. This is not your usual "recruitment" presentation. We ask the presenters to offer a mini-forestry lesson that highlights the skills students will learn and how they apply to various careers related to our natural resources. The presenters display some of the smaller equipment students will learn to use, talk about their own working experiences and discuss some of the partnerships that involve students visiting other countries. The goal is to introduce the "big picture" that is forestry and encourage students to explore possibilities that might suit their interests and lifestyle. The career counsellors are thrilled because this presentation has something for everyone. It promotes the idea that an average student can ladder from one post secondary institution to another, gradually building their skills and achieving diplomas and/or degrees along the way.

 

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