Preparing students for careers with the USDA Forest Service by linking student success with experimental learning opportunities in forest management and climate change ecology

Ongoing/Completed/Pending: 

Completed

Abstract: 

This ROCN proposal is a collaboration among 14 Hispanic Serving Institutions in New Mexico and Puerto Rico focusing on Climate Change and Forest Service (FS) Labor Force Track. Our main objectives center on identifying and mentoring cohorts of students to prepare them for careers in Natural Resource Management. These students will be provided a series of experiential learning opportunities appropriate for their academic level that engage them in resource management. Annual programs include semester faculty mentorships, summer internship & research experiences, graduate student mentorship, field courses, a semester exchange program between New Mexico and Puerto Rico, high school field trips, and advising and tutoring programs. These programs will result in improved recruitment, retention, academic performance and graduation rates; a greater number of students transitioning from 2 to 4 yr institutions; and more students moving directly to careers with the FS or other USDA agencies.

Project Type: 

Media Year: 

March, 2016

Host: 

DES

Program: 

Funding Information_Detailed: 

Funding Type: 

Funding Agency: 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Quantity Awarded: 

709 978.00

Period Awarded: 

2012 to 2015

Year: 

Year: 

2012 to 2013

Yearly Budget: 

354 594.00

Year: 

2013 to 2014

Yearly Budget: 

0.00

Year: 

2014 to 2015

Yearly Budget: 

355 384.00

People-Roles: 

Investigator: 

Jess K Zimmerman

Investigator Project Role - DES: 

Co-Principal Director