Recently I had the pleasure of volunteering at the STIHL sponsored Tree Care Industry Association Foundation Student Career Days (TCIAF SCD) in Charlotte, N.C. More than 170 college and vocational students from schools across the country gathered to learn more about tree care, as well as put their skills to the test. For the second year, I served as a judge during the Student Skills Competition. It’s an honor to help students get involved in the industry, and I can’t think of a better way to invest my time.
Horticulture, arboriculture and forestry students are the future of the industry. When companies don’t have new employees or ideas, the industry essentially dies. We need to keep building the industry, and TCI EXPO Student Career Days creates an information flow that inspires budding professionals to think of new ideas to grow the field.
As a young professional, establishing relationships with industry veterans laid the foundation for my success. I developed a passion for tree climbing as a teen. The adrenaline rush of climbing excited me. From there I became interested in the health of trees and how to care for them. Ed Monroe, a certified arborist, has been a mentor from the beginning of my career and taught me essential guidelines of proper tree work.
I went on to work at Nuckols Tree Care where we assisted with the Arborist Program at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The program taught youth proper tree identification, how to care for trees, tree climbing, pruning and aspects of working on a crew.
|100+ students participated|