Waldport introduces new forestry course


WALDPORT — Forestry has been offered at Waldport High School before, but not like this.

Forestry is offered in Lincoln County School District as a science credit, but Waldport will now be offering Career Forestry: a separate class which counts as a CTE or career and technical experience credit. CTE classes are skill-centric classes which allow students to fulfill required Career Related Learning Standards and Experiences.

Principal Amy Skirvin presented a course outline to the school board for approval at their Oct. 9 meeting. Her presentation came with a recommendation for approval from the superintendent.

The new course encompass a wide variety of topics to give students a comprehensive look at the forest product industry, and is described in the course outline as “based a great deal on the concepts of personal management, problem solving, communication, teamwork, employment foundations and career development.”

“It’s more of a natural resource program of study and it’s more about the career,” Skirvin told the News-Times.

A good deal of the class focuses on building skills, from covering job interviewing to giving the students an opportunity to earn their workplace safety and chainsaw certification. Community service projects will also be a regular part of the class.

Another major component: each student enrolled in the class will also be a member of a competitive forestry team — the Future National Resource Leaders — which host skills days around the state of Oregon. The team headed to Scio High School for their first skill day on Friday, and will visit other schools over the year before heading to the statewide competition in April.

Skirvin presented the course outline to the school board and it was approved — after one question.

“Firewood sales as a fundraiser?” Ron Beck asked, smiling.

To which Skirvin responded that it was a possibility.

The teacher for the course is Jeffery Skirvin, electives teacher and football coach at Waldport High, who already has licensure to teach the new course.

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