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A three week course and a chainsaw might be all you need to get a new career in tree wrangling.
SC Representative Harold Mitchell tells 7 News that the Regenesis Community Development Corporation is looking to expand the number of homes on the South side of town at Forest Park.
He also said utility companies are in need of people trained to cut down trees and safely remove them after storms.
Mitchell said he reached out to Spartanburg Community College and SC Works to find a way to train people to do this job, quickly.
SCC is offering a 3 week course for $2,999 and allowing anyone struggling to cover the cost to apply for scholarships through the school and SC Works.
The class begins October 10 and will include one week of in the classroom safety training, one week of trimming and wrangling trees in a commercial area and a week of wrangling, cutting and climbing trees in neighborhoods.
All students will be given the following personal protection equipment (PPE): hard hat, ear protection, safety glasses, work gloves, work boots, and chainsaw protective pants/chaps. The PPE items are yours to keep!
The class will be taught by the Mabe family you see here. They have years of experience and tools to train anyone interested.
They have no issue training someone with a fear of heights.
Here’s the class description you can find on the SCC website:
If you have ever wanted to learn the proper ways to fell a tree and operate a chain saw, then this 3-week course has it all! You will learn modern tree felling techniques and a systematic method to plan the operation and skillfully work the plan. Topics include safety and risk management,chainsaw operation, chainsaw cutting, felling procedures, specialized felling procedures, and chainsaw maintenance. You will have one week of classroom training, followed by one week of hands-on tree felling training on a commercially zoned lot, finishing up the final week felling trees in residential neighborhoods. Precision tree felling, chainsaw handling, safety, and ergonomics will be taught, demonstrated and experienced. You will learn how planning, skill development, and preventative maintenance equal increased safety and productivity.