MEXICO – Looking to increase their opportunities for employment after graduation, two students in the Outdoor Power & Equipment program at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation are working towards obtaining a key certification.
Students Donovan DeYear, of Central Square Central School District and Daniel Mullen, of Mexico Central School District, have been working hard to secure a Trained Logging Certification (TLC), which is presented to loggers who complete training in the core areas of knowledge, safety and skill.
The core areas include Game of Logging I, which provides insight into chainsaw operation, safety and productivity; Forest Ecology and Silviculture, which discusses environmental concerns; and adult first aid and CPR.
According to instructor Daniel Shaver, both students should complete their certification by the end of the school year.
Shaver said the certification will improve the students’ logging skills and increase their opportunities for employment in the logging industry.
Furthermore, Shaver noted that New York State requires a TLC certification for anyone logging on state forest lands.
DeYear said the decision to obtain the certification was easy for him to make because logging is the field he hopes to pursue after high school.
According to Mullen, the certification program appealed to him because it focuses on the importance of logger safety.
“I’m going for my certification because it’s a great skillset to have, but also because I want to know how to do things safely and in the proper way,” said Mullen.