Professional Development

Opportunities for professional development in wildland firefighting and science teaching are available through the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Additionally, area secondary students may participate in the Future Fuels from Forest program through their high school and learn interactively about biofuels from Michigan Tech researchers.

Wildland Firefighting Training

The School, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Michigan DNRE, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and National Park Service, conducts training for individuals interested in wildland firefighting.

The training covers these areas:

  • I-100 Incident Command System Orientation
  • S-130 Firefighting Training
  • S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Training
  • FI-110 Wildland Fire Observations and Origin Scene Protection for First Responders

Persons successfully completing the training will receive a certificate. A physical fitness test, know as a Pack Test, is required for qualification as a Type 2 Firefighter (FFT2) .

Those who complete both the required training and Pack Test will be eligible to receive a qualification card, certifying them as Type 2 Firefighter Trainees. This qualification card is required by all federal and many state agencies for participation as a firefighter on incidents in and out of state.

Teacher Institutes

The Global Change Institute prepares teachers to engage students in a real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climatic change, elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and invasive species. Through lecture, hands-on data collection, and field trips, participants interact with scientists and gain new knowledge and skills for a changing world.

In the Forest Ecology and Resources Institute, Michigan Tech brings together the expertise of university faculty, scientists, natural resource management professionals, and educators. Through lecture, hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips, technology applications, and assignments, participants obtain new knowledge and skills that can be adapted to their work with students.

In the Future Fuels from Forests Institute, teachers work with an interdisciplinary research team to investigate forest-based ethanol production from the perspectives of ecological economics, spatial statistics, conservation biology, forest and landscape ecology, silviculture, and chemical engineering.

High School Field Trip Opportunity

To encourage the mentoring of high school students, the Future Fuels from Forest program provides an opportunity for students to visit scientists at work in their labs and in the field. This hands-on program fosters greater understanding of complex scientific and societal issues in the realm of forest fuels and engages students (and teachers) in scientific discovery and problem solving in ways that are not possible in typical classroom instruction.