Students from around the country competed in the Tree Care Industry Association Foundation (TCIAF) Student Career Days Skills Competition at the TCI EXPO Nov. 5-7, 2009.
The Student Career Day Skills Competition is a career development event for arboriculture, urban forestry and horticulture students. The skills competition was held on Nov. 6 at Federal Hill Park and featured the work climb, belayed scramble, and throwline competition events. The skills competition was designed to simulate on-the-job experiences for an arborist.
“Students learn the great difference between course work and jobs in the field when they compete in the skills competition,” said Tchukki Anderson, TCIA staff arborist and an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist.
“As sponsors, we are excited to provide this valuable career opportunity to students each year,” said Anita Gambill of Stihl Inc., which was one of the sponsors of the event.
The winners were announced at the Student Skills Awards Ceremony on Nov. 7, and included:
Overall First place winner, Merrill Larsen, Brigham Young University
Second place, John Farkas, University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point
Third place, Brian Roberts, Virginia Tech
The other winners included:
Knowledge Exam : Nick Esposito, Western Illinois University
Safety Check: Casey Selner, Middle State Technical College
Throwline: Elliot Beale, University of Massachusetts
Scramble: Kyle McCabe, University of Massachusetts
Work Climb: Caleb Smith, Western Illinois University
TCI CSI: Jessica Briscoe, Brigham Young University
The sponsors of the 2009 event included Stihl Inc., Bartlett Tree Experts, The Davey Tree Expert Co., SavAtree, The Care of Trees, Wright Tree Service, International Society of Aboriculture, Vermeer Corporation, Bandit Industries, Inc., and Cummins Bridgeway.
Tree Care Industry Association Foundation (TCIAF) works to advance education and professional development in the green industry, improve safety and reduce accident rates in the tree care industry, and to disseminate information key to practitioners and consumers about proper tree care.