Photos by Alex Storm. HCC students in the forest management technology program joined forces with the U.S. Forest Service and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to plant 300 red spruce saplings in the Great Balsam Area of the Pisgah National Forest. Pictured left to right are HCC students Kane Pinkston and Bennett Barlow planting the final red spruce at the first site. After approximately six hours of hiking and planting, HCC students, along with US Forest Service and NC Wildlife Resources Commission staff pose for a celebratory picture at the Black Balsam Parking lot.

Haywood Community College registration for spring semester is now open for both new and continuing students. The College provides career planning assistance to individuals at any stage of the career planning process.

In addition, various assessment tools are available to identify career options that are compatible with individual personalities, interests, values, talents and skills. Career counseling helps individuals discover the right academic path to fit career choices, as well as provide research on labor market information. Sessions also help individuals create a realistic educational plan to accomplish career goals.

HCC is a fraction of the cost of a four-year school. With classes to fit all schedules and small class sizes, students will receive one-on-one attention.

HCC students get hands-on training in real-life situations to prepare them for the next step on their journey. Recently, students in the forest management technology program joined forces with the U.S. Forest Service and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to plant 300 red spruce saplings in the Great Balsam Area of the Pisgah National Forest.     

“Past disturbances have reduced these critical habitats of species like the northern flying squirrel to a fraction of their pre-colonial range,” explains HCC natural resources instructor Alex Storm, “With the current and future health of southern Appalachian spruce forests still very much in jeopardy, restoration efforts are vital to preserve the ecological diversity of these systems.”

Working with industry professionals and helping the community, HCC students get a taste of what it will be like after finishing HCC. This kind of training is invaluable in preparing them for the future and giving them a leg up on the search for a job.

With a variety of associate, diploma, and certificate programs to choose from, students can take the first step to map their future and guide our world. For assistance with career counseling, please call 828-627-2821. For more information about registration, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu.