ERIC Number: ED325174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-13
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Forest Technology Program, Lake City Community College: The Founding of a School, the Evolution of a College.
Summers, Susan Robinson
Since 1947, Lake City Community College (LCCC) has evolved from a forest ranger school to a junior college to a true community college. After World War II, Lake City, the "Forestry Capitol of the World," converted a local air base into the Columbia Forestry School (CFS). The first few years were characterized by extremely low enrollment and dwindling funds, causing the college president to appeal to the Florida Legislature for help with funding and administrative support. The University of Florida assumed management of the school, and, in 1950, CFS became the University of Florida Forest Ranger School. In 1962, the school was selected to join the newly created network of state community colleges as Lake City Junior College and Forest Ranger School. Subsequent to a fire in 1963, wooden buildings were replaced with brick, giving the school a more permanent and collegiate air. In 1970, the name was shortened to Lake City Community College. LCCC's Forest Technology program, like the college and the field of forestry, has undergone many changes. The original one-year certificate program became a two-year associate in science (AS) degree program in Forest Technology in 1970. In 1974, the Timber Harvesting Technician certificate became an AS degree in Forest Engineering Technology. The two programs were merged in 1989 to become an AS in Forest Technology. This 92-hour program is designed to train students in such areas as timber cruising, wood procurement, logging operations, and land surveying. Approximately 60% of the program takes place in outdoors classrooms, though course work also focuses on technical writing, botany, and mathematics. Though there has been little turnover in program faculty, the student population has changed to include more women and foreign students, though blacks remain underrepresented. (GFW)
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, Institute for Higher Education, University of Florida.