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CTE Alumni Spotlight: 2019 Environmental Conservation graduate Kyle Ferguson

September 29, 2021 | Filed in HFM Career & Technical Education, HFM Top Stories

In the local area and beyond, you can find graduates of the HFM Career and Technical Center working in just about every industry and career field. CTE Alumni Spotlight will introduce you to some of our many graduates highlighting the pathways their education and training helped make possible.

Meet CTE alumni Kyle Ferguson

eight people wearing matching green t-shirts stand and kneel in two rows posing for a photo

Kyle Ferguson, front row, left, poses with members of the R&F Logging Co. Justin Edwards, another CTE EnCon graduate from Broadalbin-Perth, is pictured in the front row, right.

A 2015 Broadalbin-Perth graduate, who completed the Environmental Conservation program at HFM, Kyle is now working as a skidder operator for his family’s business, R&F Logging Inc. As a skidder operator, he skids trees to a landing site to be processed and loaded on trucks.

In the Environmental Conservation program, students have the opportunity to select one of three pathways including Forestry and Lumber Production, Heavy Equipment Operation and Renewable Resources. Kyle selected the Forestry and Lumber Production pathway and received all the required training to become a certified logger. HFM works with the New York Logger Training program to provide students with the training necessary to become certified loggers. To do this students must complete a Forest Ecology & Silviculture workshop, the Game of Logging™ Level 1 training covering chainsaw operation and safety and must become Adult First Aid and CPR certified.

Kyle’s advice to current CTE students, and those thinking of attending a CTE program, is to listen to teachers and your boss and always strive to do a good job!

In the future, Kyle hopes to become an owner/operator at R&F Logging.