Plantation representatives speak to ESCC students
March 24—MOULTRIE, Ga. — A career on a plantation may not be something on many high school students’ minds, but on March 9, guest speakers at Colquitt County High shared some possibilities with students .
The event was part of the school’s ongoing series on local career opportunities.
Dana Lewis, assistant high school coordinator at Southern Regional Technical College, was joined by representatives from Four Oaks Plantation and Pineland Plantation to share information and opportunities available to area students.
Lewis said many of the programs offered at SRTC, especially land, forestry and wildlife management, are a great way to prepare for the transition to working on a plantation.
Jay Kimbrel, land manager for Four Oaks Plantation, and Nick Palmer, assistant big game manager, shared some job options that include many agriculture-related positions, as well as roles in construction, welding, personal care and hospitality.
Abrey Iler, Pineland Plantation Lands Manager, and Drew Tillery, Dog Handler, also discussed the various plantation-based alternatives available to students interested in science, the outdoors, animals, mechanics, construction, farming, etc Tillery, an honorary CCHS graduate, shared how much he enjoys his professional training and working with hunting dogs in Pineland.
Students learned how modern plantations welcome guests, serve as second homes for families, and provide event space that offers a variety of career opportunities.
These plantations are involved in the Tall Timbers Organization, exemplary land management that balances ecological values and economic utility within a framework of long-term conservation. Tall Timbers also provides educational resources as well as internships and employment opportunities.