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ABAC offers new 4-year degree

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College unveils a new 4-year program in Natural Resource Management, promising students hands on experience.

Students will be able to chose from majors in Forestry and Wildlife management.

The school says the new Natural Resource Management degree elevates ABAC to a "state of maturity" in its role as a bachelor's degree-granting institution.

Soon, students interested in getting a bachelors degree in Natural Resource Management will be able to get it at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Students will be able to major in forestry and wildlife management,

Solomon Childers is currently enrolled in ABAC's associate program, "You get a ton of work in the field," he said.

He originally planned to transfer to Athens to complete his remaining two years but now plans to stay in Tifton where he can get the degree he needs, "What it's going to do is basically add on to a lot of the things we've already started," he said.

Offering tons of hands on experience in a small town setting. "I love being in this smaller environment and the cost of living is definitely a factor living elsewhere so I was excited," he said.

It is the hands on experience that potential employers say is very important, "Book learning is very important, but it is very important to have that hands on the job experience," said Walter Stephens, landowner.

Soloman hopes having a four year degree help him land the job of his choice, "Our work with the industry said in the future most entry level positions in forestry and wildlife management will occur at the bachelor level," said President David Bridges.

President David Bridges believes the program will enhance ABAC's ability to recruit not only statewide but all over the nation.

President Brides says between now and 2012 plan to bring on additional faculty in forestry and wildlife management.

Classes begin in fall of 2011.

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