Michigan’s new program to attract minorities into forestry fields

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A new program in Michigan is hoping to attract more minorities to fill forester careers in the United States.

According to the Census Bureau 95 percent of foresters and conservation scientists are white.

Michigan State University has partnered with Medgar Evers College to address the diversity of those who manage, care and study for the national forests.

“The world’s prosperity is tied to our ability to be innovative, creative and to translate good ideas into solutions,” said Thomas Jeitschko, dean and associate provost for graduate education at MSU. “This partnership will have a tremendous impact on solving the needs of our communities, improving lives and building our economy.”

The 3+2 degree program has students spending three years at MEC and then two years at MSU. At the end of the five years, students will have earned a bachelor’s in environmental science from MEC, and a master’s in forestry from MSU.

Students will pay MEC tuition for the first four years and in-state MSU tuition for the final year.

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