GLENVILLE, WV – Two Glenville State College (GSC) land resources students have been inducted into the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS) Honor Society. Adam Osborne and Cora Hedrick both earned their Associate of Science degree in Forest Technology in spring 2020 and are on to track to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Natural Resource Management in fall 2021, completing their degrees in just three and a half years.
Each year, CEFTS inducts forest technology students who maintain a 3.3 grade point average in their forestry courses and at least a 3.0 average overall in the CEFTS Honor Society.
Osborne, a junior from Rupert, West Virginia, says he chose the program at GSC because of the hands-on nature and the small size of the classes, as well as the quality of the professors. “This program has given me excellent opportunities to practice and learn valuable skills that will allow me to achieve my goal of becoming a land management forester,” he said. “And I am extremely grateful of this award from the Council. It helps to show that hard work and dedication can help you achieve your goals.”
After graduation he plans to gain employment as a land management forester for a private company, such as Weyerhaeuser Timberlands.
Hedrick, a junior from Marlinton, West Virginia, came to Glenville State because of the long history the program has of producing quality foresters. “Our Forest Technology program has classes and professors that, I believe, surpass other schools with a similar program,” Hedrick said.
“This program has given me knowledge and resources to better my skills as a professional in the wood industry,” she added.
Hedrick was also awarded a cash prize from CEFTS for earning the second highest GPA among those inducted last year. “I think it is pretty neat to get the second highest GPA award, especially after getting my associates and realizing how hard college and this degree program is,” she added.
After graduation she plans to become a registered forester and start her own forestry and land management business.
“Cora and Adam are two of our best students because they work very hard, come to class prepared, and have a love of learning. I am very pleased that they have been inducted into the CEFTS Honor Society. It is a great achievement of their excellent academic work!” said Dr. Brian Perkins, Associate Professor of Forestry.
According to CEFTS, the primary purposes of the Honor Society are to promote and recognize high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character among forest technology students, to encourage and foster high ethical standards of technical forestry and professional positions held by forest technology students, to assemble a group of outstanding students who by scholastic accomplishment, service and high character have been recognized for these traits and are capable of recognizing these traits in others, to promote the art and science of technical forestry, and to render service and cooperate with the student bodies and the agricultural and natural resource divisions of the respective institutions.