News by Steve Diffey July 23, 2021
This fall the Career-Technical Education Department will offer Forest Technology, Conservation Law Enforcement Technology and Business & Office Technology courses on the Goodman Campus.
James Floyd is the advisor for the Forest Technology and Conservation Law enforcement programs while Ginny Ables will be the instructor for the Business & Office Technology courses. The classes will be taught in the Donald E. Phillips Business Building on Tuesday and Thursday. Floyd also teaches at the Grenada Campus on Monday and Wednesday while also Ables teaches at the Attala Center on Monday and Wednesday.
Conservation Law Enforcement Technology is a two-year program of study that prepares the graduate for entry-level employment as a Conservation Law Enforcement Officer (game warden) in the state of Mississippi. The program blends technical courses in forestry and academic courses in criminal justice with other academic courses, including the core.
Forest Technology is an intensive program of instruction and training to prepare individuals for service in different aspects of forest management operations. Major topics of the program include: the role of foresters in society; the identification and valuation of forest and ornamental woody species; the manipulation of forest stands to produce specific benefits; the impacts of fire, insects, and disease in forest stands; forest measurement and mapping methods; and timber harvesting and utilization systems. Forest Technology is a two-year program.
“We’re the only community college in the state that offers the degree for conservation law enforcement technology, and there are only two other colleges that currently offer degrees in Forest Technology,” Floyd explained. “We’re expanding the program to increase our foot-print and better serve our clients.”
Floyd said that students who enjoy field trips, labs in the field and ones looking for a career outdoors would make great candidates for these programs.
The Business Technology program includes a basic core of courses designed to prepare a student for a variety of entry-level positions through selection of a concentration leading to a Technical Certificate, Advanced Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
“Because of our new technology, we are excited to be able to offer a Flexible Hybrid Zoom option for students to take classes in all BOT pathways without having to travel across campuses,” Ables said. “Being able to offer the BOT program to all locations of Holmes increases the students in which we can reach. It also allows our students to network across campuses enriching their college experience. We feel that this new opportunity will be useful for those interested in BOT as they work toward their career goals.
“This program is an excellent choice for a variety of students as there are multiple options for completion: one year certification, two year advanced certification, and an AAS degree,” she added. “For those students looking to find a career in which they can excel in medical office, business management, and at-home career roles, these programs allow for education that leads straight to the field. For those that wish to continue their education at the university level, there are transfer options post-program as well. The variety of options allows students to choose the path that best aligns with their career goals and lifestyle.”
To sign up for these classes, click on the Enroll Now tab on the Holmes website at holmescc.edu.
For more information about these programs, contact Floyd at email@example.com or call (662) 227-2336 or Ables at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (662) 290-0808.