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May 11 – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle attended the fourth annual Georgia Forestry Association supper and meeting in Swainsboro along with Larry Calhoun, Johnny Payne and John Thrift of Southeastern Tech.

Cagle noted the contribution of technical colleges and, in particular, forestry programs to the reported $25 million economic impact of the timber industry on Emanuel County.

“Lt. Gov. Cagle is a great supporter of rural Georgia and the state’s forestry and agriculture industries,” said Calhoun, STC Provost. “He is also a champion of technical education and clearly sees the connection and importance of a well-educated workforce and Georgia’s economic future.”

STC’s forestry program’s contribution to local industry has been well demonstrated—graduates and current students work for, among others, Battle Lumber Company, Rayonier, Yeomans Wood and Timber, and Atlantic Wood Industries.

“The forest technology program routinely scores high job placement rates,” said Thrift, forest technology instructor at STC. “I believe the success of our students can be attributed to the streamlined, flexible training that is the spirit of the technical college system.”

With the lieutenant governor’s support and flexible training that incorporates the latest technology, Southeastern Tech’s forestry program figures to remain a major contributor to regional economies in the future.


 Photo (L to R): John Thrift, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Johnny Payne, Larry Calhoun