Jordan Luff, Haywood Community College 2016 Forest Management Technology graduate, has a strong sense of environmental consciousness. When deciding his career path, he knew he wanted a career that would allow him to give back on a larger scale.

“I heard that the HCC program was esteemed by professionals in the area,” Luff says. “The service learning opportunities for students at HCC were very beneficial and the college made it easy to meet professionals from different agencies.”

Luff soon realized a forestry career has many avenues. Through a volunteer position at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy in Henderson County, he was able to hone in on his passion for a career path. Luff worked on trail maintenance and restoration of an eight acre bog.

Now, Luff is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University in Forestry and will continue on to get a master’s degree. He then would like to work in ecological restoration to protect and restore forests that have been degraded by invasive plant and pest species.

At NCSU, Luff was able to transfer in as a junior. “Absolutely everything I learned at HCC, I use at NC State. The students that came to HCC first are set apart from the other students at State.”

Luff is working with a post graduate researcher at State studying root samples.

“The hands-on training I received at HCC is a good reminder of what I’m heading for when I finish school,” Luff explains. “The experience at HCC is unbeatable.”   

For more information about HCC’s Forest Management Technology program, please call 627-4626.

Donated photo. Jordan Luff, Haywood Community College 2016 Forest Management Technology graduate, continues his education at North Carolina State University where he entered as a junior. Luff is pictured in Alaska hiking just outside of Denali National Park.