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ESCANABA — Tyler Sisson has been appointed program coordinator for the Forest Technology and Farming Operations programs at Bay College Escanaba as part of the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT) partnership. Through the MSU IAT partnership, students can attend Bay College and earn an applied associate degree in forestry technology or agricultural operations while earning a certificate from Michigan State University (MSU). These courses and credits can also be transferred to a bachelor’s degree at MSU.
The MSU IAT collaboration provides education and training to Escanaba and surrounding areas through face-to-face, online, hybrid and field instruction. Bay College is located 15 minutes from the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center and 45 minutes from the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, both of which provide students with rich experiences to learn outside of the classroom. class and network with leading professionals, according to Sisson.
“This partnership provides a platform for students to take a hands-on approach through various in-state and out-of-state internships, which in turn can help students land exciting jobs in forestry or agriculture”, Sison said. “Students generally want to know about potential salaries, lifestyle and where they can work. Competitive placement is a primary life goal for students who complete these programs. The Forest Technology program offers opportunities to become a Forest Technician, Supply Forester, Consultant Forester, Forest Firefighter, Geographic Information System Assistant, or Survey Assistant. Additionally, the Farm Operations program offers opportunities in equipment retail, farm operations, farm production management, production services, and crop processing facilities.
Sisson brings a real-world skill set and a student-centered approach to program management to MSU IAT. He is a military veteran with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regent University. As part of the Michigan College Access Network initiative, Sisson has been working in higher education with Bay College since December 2020. Her primary roles as a college success coach and holistic counselor have helped students overcome barriers and earn degrees in the liberal arts and related health pathways.
To learn more about MSU IAT programs, email Tyler Sisson. Interested students should apply to Bay College and MSU IAT by August 15 for the MSU IAT fall semester.