AC to offer training for future loggers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - People looking to learn a new trade will have a chance to do so with a 15-week logging program produced by Angelina College starting in May.

The program, which starts May 5, will take place over eight weeks in the classroom and seven weeks with on-site training with equipment. Students will learn to operate up-to-date specialized harvesting equipment provided by Caterpillar, Inc.

"There's a great need for loggers in East Texas as it is one of the number one industries that we have," said Susan Stutts, the assistant director of the Texas Forestry Association.

The school will be held at the Jasper Higher Education and Technology Center.

"Timber industry has come back like other industries and other businesses have since the 2008-2009 recession," Stutts said. "It's really come back and it's very active right now. I think what a lot of these young men and women don't realize is they could make a really good living in the woods and they can stay home while doing that."

Stutts says a lot of mills require that their logging contractors be certified and this program will give individuals that certification from AC, and the TFA's Texas Pro Logger certification. They will also have the opportunity to interview with local logging contractors.

Financial aid is available for the program and is approved by the Texas Workforce Commission.

For more information, call 409-489-9000.

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