The U of I will offer three associate degrees this fall

MOSCOW, Idaho – Three new shortened degree programs offered this fall at the University of Idaho aim to meet growing workforce needs.

College of Natural Resources programs prepare students for jobs in fire mitigation, forestry operations, and nursery management after two years of study, instead of four. The offerings, approved by the State Board of Education in April, are the first associate degrees at the University of Idaho.

Students develop essential skills through flexible coursework and hands-on training while forming partnerships with private and public forests, nurseries, and real-world businesses.

“These new Associate of Science degrees are essential to fulfilling our land-grant mission,” said Charles Goebel, head of the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the U of I. Students in these programs use our unique resources and expertise to help meet the workforce needs of the growing forestry and wildfire industries.

In the AS in forest exploitation and technologystudents work in one of the nation’s top forestry programs for quality and value, using commercial harvesting equipment and technology to help manage the University of the University’s 10,000+ acre experimental forest Island near Moscow.

The students of the AS in Forest Nursery Management and Technology Engage in an experiential commercial tree nursery program with an emphasis on practices, technology, and operations unique to the North American tree nursery industry. Forest Nursery students focus on the propagation and production of native trees, shrubs and plants in controlled-environment greenhouses located at the Pitkin Forest Nursery at the U of I in Moscow.

Based on the college’s nationally ranked BS in Ecology and Fire Management, the AS in Fuel and Forest Fire Technology is a flexible online program ideal for future permanent and seasonal employees employed as wildland firefighters and fire suppression technicians. Students collaborate with faculty experts and an extensive network of federal and state stakeholders.

Additional opportunities for AS students include networking opportunities with partner industries and completion of Idaho’s nationally recognized Logger Education and Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program and Office of Personnel Management Federal Series certification. Students seeking associate degrees through these programs can continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science degree.

For more information, contact the Department of Forestry, Range, and Fire Science at [email protected]

Media Contact:

Steven shook
Professor of Forestry and Sustainable Products
University of Idaho
[email protected]

Charles Gobel
Professor of Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology
University of Idaho
[email protected]

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