Lake Tahoe Community College is in the process of developing a Forestry Education and Job Placement program to increase the skilled workforce urgently needed to accelerate the pace of forest treatments and the number of structures protected from wildfire in our region.
The Forestry program will offer stackable certificates, including an Employable Skills Certificate, a higher-unit Certificate of Achievement, and an Associate of Science (AS) degree designed to take advantage of transfer pathways to a four-year degree. The curriculum for this new academic program is under construction, and initial program offerings are tentatively scheduled to launch sometime in the 2021-22 academic year. LTCC will work in partnership with other community colleges offering courses in this discipline to standardize curriculum and establish clear entry points and regional career pathways.
LTCC is coordinating with the California Board of Forestry’s Professional Foresters Examining Committee to align the program with Registered Professional Forester licensing requirements. LTCC will also explore possible accreditation from the Society of American Foresters.
This program will qualify students for entry-level federal jobs in pay grade scales 3–7 and CAL FIRE entry-level positions such as Forestry Tech, Forestry Assistant 1, and the Forestry Technician/Assistant Series. This will bring in the skilled workforce needed to support the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) in achieving its five-year goal to treat an additional 22,000 acres in the wildland-urban interface (completing all initial treatments), while helping residents and businesses achieve nearly 100 percent compliance with defensible space requirements.
The program is being funded by a $480,000 award from CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Grant Program and a $351,000 grant from the California Tahoe Conservancy.
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