Employee Development

PHC technician Matt Parker treating an ash for emerald ash borer.

Education Is Key at Teacher’s Tree Service

Greg Ranallo’s company name, Teacher’s Tree Service, may allude to the years he spent as a public school teacher in Minnesota, but it still applies to his and his employees’ current arboricultural work. Teacher’s is a 17-year TCIA member company based in South Burlington, Vermont, and its crew members take the “teacher” part seriously. “I’d […]

Scotty Olson at TCI EXPO ’23 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Pete Senor, Clogger, New Zealand.

Scotty Olson Values Learning How to Communicate With the Younger Generation

The Legends of the Geezers is an annual tree-climbing competition held in January in Florida for those still agile over the age of 40, and it just celebrated its 21st birthday. Next January, three climbers who were 18 when they started helping out with the competition now, 21 years later, will be competing. “So it’s […]

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Learning What Not to Do Leads to Accreditation for Arbor+

As Jon Kammerer, CTSP, puts it, he “dragged a lot of brush” in his early years of working with trees. The owner of Arbor+, an eight-year TCIA member company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, says he started working summers with a small family-owned company when he was 18 years old. “I was pursuing a […]

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Building a Solid Arboriculture Foundation at Bristol Aggie

I own a successful tree company near the north end of Bristol County in southeastern Massachusetts. My interest in Bristol County Agricultural High School peaked with the arrival of one of their graduates at our company. James Sharp started with our company immediately following his graduation from high school. We were all amazed/impressed with his […]

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School

A Tech-School Student’s Experience in Career Discovery

Technical-education schools, such as Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School in Essex, Massachusetts, are training students with the skills needed to open doors into a career in arboriculture. I am one of these students. Essex Tech features 24 courses, or “shops,” that are available to select during a student’s freshmen year. These include everything […]

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