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Fleming College Expands Forestry Programs


Lindsay, ON (March 11, 2024) – Two new and unique Forestry programs at Fleming College are preparing students for rewarding careers in a growing industry.

Fleming’s new Forestry Equipment Operator certificate is the only one of its kind offered in Ontario. This 15-week course provides students with introductory training in heavy forestry equipment operation, forestry principles and proper safety techniques.

Providing students with hands-on learning opportunities, the course also focuses on preventive maintenance, minor repairs, forest fire preparedness, forestry operations and harvest systems.

Applied learning is a big part of Fleming’s Forestry Techniques program. This two-semester course teaches students the skills they need to conduct field work and forest management operations in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence and Boreal Forest regions. Students graduate ready to move directly into the workforce.

Fleming has also reworked its Forestry Technician-Adaptive Practices program. The new curriculum exceeds provincial standards, teaching traditional forestry skills and studying the technical functions of creating, managing, conserving, and restoring sustainable forests in public and private operations. There is also a focus on environmental, social and economic changes within the forestry industry.

This program also includes a paid co-op, providing students with networking opportunities as they meet and work alongside professionals within the forestry industry.

All three programs are located at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, ON.

Fleming College is a leading educator in the forestry sector. For more than five decades industry leaders have tapped into Fleming’s forestry graduates for new hiring opportunities, due to Fleming’s reputation for producing competent and skilled graduates. Fleming’s “boots-on-the-ground” approach to its Forestry programs ensures graduates are well-prepared to succeed in rewarding careers.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

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