One of the biggest classes in recent years completed the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (D.I.T.S.). Almost 50 students attended the month-long program, which is the flagship training program of The Davey Tree Expert Company.
D.I.T.S., which traces its roots back to 1909, includes classroom and field exercises in climbing and safety procedures, tree and plant care, disease and pest diagnosis, management practices and team building.
R.J. Laverne, Davey’s manager of education and training, pointed out that D.I.T.S. is only one of many training classes Davey offers. “The array of education and training opportunities Davey provides our employees, from D.I.T.S., to our associate’s degree program, to our online extension coursework is unique within the green industry,” said Laverne. “As our flagship program, D.I.T.S. continues to evolve to prepare our employees for technical, business-driven and team-related opportunities.”
This year’s class included sessions on how to spot invasive species such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. Students also learned about how to preserve trees during construction and heard management presentations from their respective service lines as the program drew to a close.
As part of the D.I.T.S. graduation dinner on Friday, Laverne announced that Richard Burback, an employee of the company’s Northeast Detroit office, received the Golden Oak Award, which is earned by the student with the highest academic performance.
Attendees were drawn from Davey operations across North America and had to be nominated by their field managers and approved by corporate management to be admitted into the prestigious program. This year’s participants included: Brohn Amstutz, Anatoliy Andreyev, Nathan Baker, Glenn Allen Bell, Justin Jerome Bence, Kristopher Bruestle, Tony Brugger, Richard Burback, Rose Marie Cantu, Kyle Carevic, Jason Michael Clark, Nicholas Dimeo, Mike Ellis, Steven Faltenovich, Bradley Gonzalez, Wilbert Head, Brian Heath, Tyler Hesseltine, Scott Johnson, Keith Karch, Chris Kingzette, Adam Knight, Nicholas Lemley, Josh Maudlin, Daniel Morgan, Scott Morris, Vincent Nadji, Shane Narbonne, Eliezer Negron, Levi T. Parkin, Jorge Ponce, Kevin Potts, Aaron Reese, Paul Scott Richens, Michael Ronayne, Adam Sandler, Mark Shepherd, Mike Stilin, Nicholas Stutzman, Zachary Sutliff, Jonathan Tank, Richard Toussaint, Christopher Troy, Melanie Tweedle, Dan Vanden Akker, Jon Vanderboom, Joe Vitu and Luke Werner.