Graduates of the St. John Valley Technology Center’s forestry program will now have the opportunity to achieve a degree in a shortened period of time.

The Forestry Program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) and SJVTC have entered into an agreement that focuses on providing graduates of the technology center's forestry program to get their degree much quicker

This marks the tenth such articulation agreement between the UMFK Applied Forest Management program and high school forestry and logging programs throughout Maine and Vermont. SJVTC students will receive college credits toward two UMFK forestry courses; Introduction to Forestry and Forest Operations.

Professor Jeffrey Dubis, Chair of UMFK’s Natural Sciences Division, says the initiative emphasizes the commitment UMFK has to growing the local workforce. “I am very excited about the new forestry program at the St John Valley Technical Center and our articulation agreement. I am especially excited about the close cooperation between our schools and our ability to share our curriculum and resources with them.”

Besides this newest program, two other similar programs exist in the County. UMFK has had an articulation agreement with the forestry program at Region 2 School of Applied Technology in Houlton and Dyer Brook for the past 20 years and Van Buren High School is now offering an Introduction to Forestry course through UMFK’s Rural U program, now in its inaugural year.