CHOCTAW COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK)- The Forestry Association hosted a Forestry Day to the community in Choctaw County. Where they educated the community about the Forestry Industry.
The Forest Workforce Training Institute gave hands-on demonstrations and explored careers in the Forest industry.
“Today we had a forestry and logging expo. We have different exhibitors and vendors that done logging demonstrations. We had a sawmill demonstration. Several different employers in the area have come out with different goodies and information about employment at their mills,” says Workforce Development Coordinator Maggie Pope.
There was also a career day on Friday for 200 students in grades 9 through 12. Students were able to receive hands-on experience.
“It’s very important to show students what type of job they can do. They don’t know about it unless they see it. This is hands-on, this is right in your face, they get to ask questions, and really get to know people in this industry,” says Pope.
Organizers say this event is meant to bring young people into the industry.
“Right now we're facing a 50% turnover by the year 2026. We have about half of our workforce that’s going to be retiring. We need young people in these jobs. We need our older people to come in to mentor them and show them these are great jobs to be in,” says Pope.
Organizers say they had a good turnout and are expecting to do it again next year.