December 22, 2009
Christmas has come early this year to the University of Maine at Fort Kent Forest technology program, with notification of the program being professionally accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
UMFK now is the only SAF-accredited college or university forest technology program within the state of Maine. It is one of only two such programs in all of New England.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Society of American Foresters grants initial accreditation to the Forest Technology program leading to the Associate of Science degree through December 31, 2018,” wrote Michael T. Goergen, Jr., SAF executive vice-president and CEO, in announcing the awarding of accreditation. “The Society appreciates the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s dedication to excellence in forest technology education and its support for SAF accreditation of educational programs in forest technology,” he added.
The Society of American Foresters grants recognition to educational programs leading to a two-year Associate's degree in forest technology or the equivalent. SAF recognized curricula are regularly reviewed to ensure that they continue to adhere to the SAF standards.
UMFK applied for accreditation of its educational programs in Forest Technology by SAF this past spring. An accreditation team visit was conducted earlier this year.
“The Society of American Foresters is the professional organization for forestry across North America. As such, it sets the standard for professional forestry education -- what every forester or forest technician should know from their college,” said Dave Hobbins, professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies at UMFK.
“The Society evaluates a college or university based on a number of factors including a faculty member’s education and experience; the institution’s commitment to the program; the success of its graduates; and other factors, including curriculum. UMFK has passed every standard for accreditation by the Society and continues its strong tradition of providing excellent graduates for the forestry profession,” Hobbins added.
The Forest Technology program at UMFK is a conservation-oriented program that focuses on the wise use of forests as a renewable resource. With recognition from SAF, the program ensures that students receive the best education possible.
Graduates of UMFK’s Forest Technology program receive an Associate of Science degree in Forest Technology. They are in high demand within the industry, and lead successful careers in their field.
The Forest Technology program is the fourth program at UMFK to earn its own professional accreditation:
UMFK’s baccalaureate program in Nursing is separately accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education and also has been approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
The teacher preparation in Education program has been approved by the Maine Department of Education.
The Business Management, Rural Public Safety, Computer Applications and E-Commerce majors all are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
UMFK is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary school systems through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.