ACRT establishes new Job Corps urban forestry training program
ACRT is opening an urban forestry training program in the Northeast, located at Northlands Job Corps facility in Vergennes, Vermont. This is the fifth Job Corps urban forestry training program ACRT is conducting. Since starting the first program to prepare entry-level tree care employees in 1993 at the Job Corps facility in Golconda, Ill., ACRT has added urban forestry programs in Pine Knot, Ky.; at the Angell Job Corps in Yachats, Ore.; and at the Ouachita Job Corps facility in Royal, Ark.
Job Corps training is year round and it takes most students six to nine months to complete the program. They graduate after successfully completing proficiency testing in each subject area, and ACRT assists them in their search for a job.
The Department of Labor, through the Job Corps, houses, feeds, clothes, provides medical and dental services, and conducts General Education Training (GED) for the 17 to 24 year old trainees. ACRT provides vocational training in climbing with rope and saddle, chainsaw operation, proper pruning procedures, rigging and removal, tree identification, safety, bucket truck operation and other skills.
For more information about hiring Job Corps graduates, call ACRT’s placement coordinator Barbara Brown at (877) 652-1305. For more information on bringing the urban forestry program to your local Job Corps center, call Lyne Kindsvatter at (800) 847-3541, ext. 211.