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Forestry Students Ship First Pulpwood Load

Students in PCC's new Forestry Equipment Operator course pose for a group photo on June 25, before sending out their first load of pulpwood.

GREENVILLE—A little more than two months after hearing from ‘Swamp Logger’ Bobby Goodson on the first day of class, students in Pitt Community College’s new Forestry Equipment Operator course shipped out their first load of pulpwood.

Doug Duncan, executive director of the N.C. Association of Professional Loggers, Inc., said the 25.7-ton-payload left from Steely Tract in Windsor on June 25 and headed to Plymouth’s Domtar paper mill.

Last fall, PCC received a $50,000-grant from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to standardize a curriculum for individuals seeking employment in the logging industry. The funding was made possible through the N.C. General Assembly to help create jobs and assist projects in 51 counties.

Through the grant, the college developed a 12-week course designed to provide technical and practical knowledge and understanding necessary to become a skilled forestry equipment operator. The 480-hour course combines online instruction with hands-on training that will result in certification from the N.C. Loggers Association and an OSHA Safety Certificate for those who complete it.