Free Community College Program Teaches Next Generation of Maine Loggers

COPLIN PLANTATION — With a few days of school left before graduation, these logging students aren’t out of the woods yet.

And most won’t get out of the woods afterward.

On Thursday, 15 students will complete their three-month, tuition-free course in the Maine Community College System’s mechanized logging operations program – a real-world training ground that puts them in the cockpits of sophisticated, state-of-the-art logging equipment, felling trees and cutting skid trails through the unrelentingly dense forests near Stratton. The training is so comprehensive, and the demand for skilled loggers so great, that many students have already been offered interviews and jobs.

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