THEO grads get diplomas in Many graduation September 15

Five new logging equipment operators were presented Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator (THEO) diplomas at a graduation ceremony held September 15 at the Coordinating and Development Corporation Conference Center in Many.

The new graduates are David Carhee, Truette Chatman, Minous G. Lilly, Jr., Anthony Litton, and Zachary Kennedy.

The 2015 class was held at the Sabine Valley Technical College in Many. The Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation provided marketing an program coordination support. Industry partners provided classroom instruction, and logging contractors, including Sam Rivers, Tim Sepulvado, and Jimmy Williams, assisted with the training.

The THEO program was organized in 2012 by the late Travis Taylor, a logging contractor, and Holly Morgan, a forester with the Society of American Foresters, with a group of forestry industry representatives at the Technical College in Winnfield. Classes were graduated in 2013 D 2014, with graduates going on to employment in the industry.

Speakers at the graduation program in Many included Barry Goss, Assistant Dean, Sabine Valley Technical College; Rep. Frankie Howard, House District 42; Scott Poole, Chief Operating Officer, RoyOMartin company, and chairman, Louisiana Forestry Commission; State Senator Gerald Long; Jack McFarland, President, Louisiana Logging Council; David Cupp, President, Walsh Timber Co., an d President Louisiana Forestry Association; and Buck Vandersteen, Executive Director, Louisiana Forestry Association.

Holly Morgan, Education Chair, Louisiana Society of American Foresters, conducted the meeting. Laurie Morrow, Campus Dean, Sabine Valley & Natchitoches Technical Colleges, presented the THEO graduate diplomas.

Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator diplomas were presented to David Carhee, Truette Chatman, Minous G. Lilly, Jr., Anthony Litton, and Zachary Kennedy.