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Forest Science, Environmental Science, & Water/Wastewater

Faculty/Advisor List:
Name E-mail Phone Number
Chuks Ogbonnaya 276-523-2400, ext. 276
Rosa-lee Cooke 276-523-2400, ext. 364

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Forest Science [PDF]
Environmental Science [PDF]
Water/Wastewater [PDF]

Forestry Personnel work in all phases of forest science — monitoring and protecting forest areas, harvesting timber, and producing primary and secondary wood products.

Environmental Scientists work in all phases of reclamation, from data gathering and surface mine permitting to environmental monitoring during active mining operation and reclamation for post-mining use.

Water/Wastewater Personnel work in municipal and industrial water treatment facilities that provide purification of water for human consumption and protection of water resources.

enviro_img2Get Started with a Certificate
Graduates of MECC’s Environmental and Forest Science programs receive Associate in Applied Science degrees. Individuals may begin their training in Forestry, Landscape Gardening, Water, and Wastewater certificate programs.

Graduates of MECC’s Water/Wastewater program are prepared to take the state certification exam for water or wastewater operator’s license.

Employers want personnel who:

  • Possess skills in laboratory procedures.
  • Possess professional ethics and integrity.
  • Possess good communication skills.
  • Possess a team-player attitude.

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Students acquire on-the-job training through internships and apprenticeships with local agencies.

Employment Outlook:
Forest Science students are prepared for employment as forest technicians, lumber graders, timber cruisers, and other technical positions within the forestry and timber industries.

Environmental Science students are prepared for employment as natural resources specialists, land reclamationists, agronomists, extension agents, soil conservationists, and analytical laboratory assistants.

Water/Wastewater students are prepared for entry-level employment in water and sewage treatment plants.

With advanced studies and experience,

  • Forest Science graduates can advance to positions such as logging foreman, forester, agriculturalist, or laboratory technologist.
  • Environmental Science graduates can advance to positions such as reclamation foreman, forester, soil conservation specialist, agriculturalist, or laboratory technologist.
  • Water/Wastewater graduates can advance to positions such as water and wastewater operators, site managers, and plant supervisors.

Salaries range between $18,000 - $30,000, depending upon the position, public or private employment, and job location.

Student Spotlight
ChrisStanleyChris Stanley, a graduate of MECC’s Environmental Science program, is a Mineral Specialist
- Ecologist at the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.





TheresaTheresa Flanary, a graduate of MECC’s Environmental Science, Forest Science, and Landscape Gardening programs, is a Watershed Field Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Conservation.



Professional Organizations

  • Northwest Partnership for Env. & Tech. Ed.
  • North American Asso. for Env. Education
  • Advanced Technology Env. Ed. Center
  • Virginia Forestry Association
  • Rural Water Association

You will find other MECC graduates at:
USDA Forest Service, Va. Dept. of Forestry, Pine Mountain Lumber, Penn-Va. Coal Company, Gilbert NS Lumber, Mullican Lumber & Mfg., Cumberland Natl. Park, EMI Professional Services, Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Natural Tunnel Soil & Water Conservation District, Federal & State Depts. of Conservation & Recreation, Treatment plants at Clintwood, Coeburn, Pound, Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Pennington Gap, Jonesville, Abingdon, and Blountville.

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