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Students expand job skills at tree care industry event supported by Stihl

The 21st annual Tree Care Industry Association Foundation (TCIAF) Student Career Days (SCD) wrapped up another successful event in Columbus, Ohio, November 2-4, 2017. More than 230 college and vocational students representing 17 schools from across the country attended SCD, which was held in conjunction with the Tree Care Industry EXPO (TCI EXPO), the world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference.

As the largest career development event for students enrolled in horticulture, forestry, and related programs, SCD features a Student Skills Competition, as well as a Job and Internship Fair.

Mark Chisholm, Stihl spokesperson, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist, and three time ISA international tree climbing champion, was on site during the Student Skills Competition at Federal Hill Park to offer climbing tips. “It’s fantastic to see so many students invested in their careers and the future of professional tree care,” says Chisholm. “This event highlights the strength and future growth of our industry.”

“Student Career Days provides young people with opportunities to learn from their peers, from experts in the field, and even from renowned professionals like Mark Chisholm,” says Amy Tetreault, TCIA’s director of development and special programs. “Mark and Stihl, along with our other partners, provided an incredible experience for these aspiring arborists.”


Student Skills Competition

The Student Skills Competition was comprised of three main events: Safety Gear Check, Belayed Scramble and Work Climb.

The winners were announced at the Student Skills Awards Ceremony on November 4, and included:

Overall 1st Place Winners:

Shane Brett, Kent Roosevelt High School (Vocational Men’s)

Erin Rockwell, Kent Roosevelt High School (Vocational Women’s)

Blake Russ, Milwaukee Area Technical College (Collegiate Men’s)

Laura Mantin, Milwaukee Area Technical College (Collegiate Women’s)


A complete list of SCD winners and scores is available online.

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