Updated - Holly Zart is from Mid-State Technical College, not Milwaukee Area Technical College. 

 

 


Student Career Days 2012 -
Not Your Ordinary Field Trip!
 

 

Mark Chisholm, certified arborist and three-time
international tree climbing champion, provides climbing competition tips to students at Federal Hill Park.

The 16th Annual Tree Care Industry Association Foundation Student Career Days (SCD) wrapped up another successful competition this year in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland. The three-day event, November 8-10, offered students enrolled in arboriculture, forestry and related programs an inside look at the field they're studying.

 

Held in conjunction with TCI EXPO, the world's largest tree care industry trade show and conference, SCD was well attended this year, with 174 students descending on Baltimore. Representing 17 colleges, universities and vocational programs from across the country, the students took full advantage of the opportunity to test their knowledge and participate in a variety of skills competitions.

 

Mark Chisholm, certified arborist and three-time international tree climbing champion, was also on site to demonstrate climbing competition tips. "It's always a pleasure to teach the next generation some of the tactics and tips I've learned from my own career," said Chisholm. "Industry events like these are how the long-term success of the profession is ensured." Chisholm's expertise in tree care has made him a sought-after consultant and industry spokesperson for the world of arboriculture, and he regularly travels the globe to consult with international arborist associations and conducts educational sessions nationwide on behalf of STIHL Inc.

 

Events included: tree climbing skills competitions and written exams. Among the big draws were a belayed scramble, a throwline toss, safety gear check, and a work climb in the trees of Federal Hill Park. Students worked to gain as many points as possible in the least amount of time.

   

Below are the top finishers in each event:

   

Overall Collegiate Men Winners

  1. Nathan Mode, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  2. Job Farkas, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  3. Matthew Carpenter, Brigham Young University

Overall Collegiate Women Winners

  1. Ellen Stollenwerk, Milwaukee Area Technical College                     
  2. Sage Waring, Warren Wilson College
  3. Holly Zart, Mid-State Technical College 

 Overall Vocational Tech Winners

  1. Tyler Snyder, Northlands Job Corps
  2. Jason Hubbard, Northlands Job Corps
  3. Dalton Ross, Northlands Job Corp

Safety Gear Check

  1. Collegiate Men - Todd Gorham, Warren Wilson College
  2. Women - Sage Waring, Warren Wilson College
  3. Vocational Tech - Tyler Snyder, Northlands Job Corp

Throwline

  1. Collegiate Men - Nick Burch, Alamance Community College
  2. Women - Sage Waring, Warren Wilson College
  3. Vocational Tech - Tyler Snyder, Northlands Job Corp

Belayed Scramble

  1. Collegiate Men - Nathan Mode, University Wisconsin Stevens Point
  2. Women - Ellen Stollenwerk, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  3. VoTech - Tyler Snyder, Northlands Job Corp

 Work Climb

  1. Collegiate Men - Todd Gorham, Warren Wilson College
  2. Women - Sage Waring, Warren Wilson College
  3. Vocational Tech - Tyler Snyder, Northlands Job Corp

Knowledge Exams

  1. Collegiate Men/Women - Benjamin Mauer, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  2. Vocational Tech Men/Women - Bradford James, Northlands Job Corp  

"All the events at Student Career Days were tackled enthusiastically, particularly the belayed scramble," says Tchukki Andersen, TCIA Staff Arborist and event coordinator. "Events like this provide a unique opportunity for students to challenge themselves, not to mention meet and network with potential employers."

 

 

"Events such as this are critical in attracting and preparing the next generation workforce for jobs in tree care," said Anita Gambill of STIHL Inc. "The Tree Care Industry Association Foundation does an excellent job of bringing together sponsors to support the event beyond dollars, providing manpower to organize the event, prepare the park and conduct the competition."

 

Student Career Days, the largest FREE career development event for students in the industry, also hosts a Job & Internship Fair during TCI EXPO, with some of the biggest names in tree care. SCD 2012 sponsors include STIHL Inc., Arborwell, Bartlett Tree Experts, The Davey Tree Expert Co., RTEC Treecare, SavATree, The Care of Trees, International Society of Arboriculture, Vermeer Corporation, and Bandit Industries, Inc.

  

  

  

Media Contact: For more about Student Career Days, or to obtain digital photos, visit www.tcia.org or contact Amy Tetreault at 603-314-5380 or atetreault@tcia.org

 

About the Tree Care Industry Association: Founded in 1938, TCIA is a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture. It has more than 2,000 member companies who recognize stringent safety and performance standards and who are required to carry liability insurance. TCIA has the nation's only Accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices. TCIA also has the industry's first safety certification program, Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP), which credentials individual arborists for safety practices and knowledge.

 

About Tree Care Industry Association Foundation: The mission of the Foundation is to advance education and professional development in the green industry, improve safety and reduce accident rates in the tree care industry and to disseminate information key to practitioners and consumers about proper tree care.

 

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