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The Montgomery Community College foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to monetarily support the College's students and educational programs by providing resources above and beyond the minimal basic operating funds. The Foundation is organized to receive gifts of money and/or property through contributions, from individuals, businesses, industries, civic organizations, and fund raising events.

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Forestry Alumnus is Living the Dream

picture of daniel faulkDuring his first week on the job with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Danny Faulk worked on a boat on Badin Lake changing out buoys.

“The temperature was in the low 80s, there was a light breeze . . . I was just waiting to wake up from the dream,” Danny said.

Danny Faulk graduated from Montgomery Community College’s Forest Management Technology program in May 2014. He is now a conservation technician at the Hydro Depot in Norwood, but working for NC Wildlife had only been a dream for many years.

Danny worked construction most of his life. Right out of high school he began working residential construction, then moved to manufactured housing and stayed there for 16 years. After that, he began custom cabinet making for another ten years. He finally decided it was time to finish his schooling and do something that he really enjoyed. That’s when he enrolled in the Forest Management program at MCC.

“The Forest Service was always a goal for me,” said Danny. “MCC’s forestry program teaches everything that’s relevant to getting a job in forestry.”

After graduating, Danny worked a temporary contract as a seasonal ranger assistant. Finally in March, the Wildlife position opened up.

“I had 90% of what they asked for in the job description including boat access maintenance, GIS, prescribed burning, and the education,” Danny said.  He had plenty of competition as there were over 200 applicants for the position. Only seven were interviewed and Danny’s associate degree was one of the reasons he was interviewed.

“They told me that no matter what kind of experience you have, if you don’t have a degree, they won’t even talk to you,” Danny said. “The forestry program helped prepare me with everything that was required and relevant to my getting a job,” Danny said, “and both of the forestry instructors were awesome.”

Danny was MCC’s 2014 Excellence in Forestry recipient, and his instructors agreed that he could do any job he took on.

“Danny was the dream student every instructor hopes for – hardworking, persistent, and dedicated,” said Mike Thompson, senior forestry instructor. “He is a true American success story which should be told as an example for others to follow.”

During his first week on the job with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Danny Faulk worked on a boat on Badin Lake changing out buoys.

“The temperature was in the low 80s, there was a light breeze . . . I was just waiting to wake up from the dream,” Danny said.

Danny Faulk graduated from Montgomery Community College’s Forest Management Technology program in May 2014. He is now a conservation technician at the Hydro Depot in Norwood, but working for NC Wildlife had only been a dream for many years.

Danny worked construction most of his life. Right out of high school he began working residential construction, then moved to manufactured housing and stayed there for 16 years. After that, he began custom cabinet making for another ten years. He finally decided it was time to finish his schooling and do something that he really enjoyed. That’s when he enrolled in the Forest Management program at MCC.

“The Forest Service was always a goal for me,” said Danny. “MCC’s forestry program teaches everything that’s relevant to getting a job in forestry.”

After graduating from MCC, Danny worked at Morrow Mountain as a seasonal ranger assistant but the contract ended after 11 months. He began taking heavy equipment classes to bolster his resume while he looked for permanent employment. Danny checked the NC State Personnel Office website weekly for job openings in the area. Finally in March, the Wildlife position came open.

“I had 90% of what they asked for in the job description including boat access maintenance, GIS, prescribed burning, and the education,” Danny said.

Danny is quiet and unassuming, but worked hard to build his assets while he held out for the job he really wanted.

“I feel like I don’t interview well,” Danny said, “but I went to training for interview help. I even memorized my introduction.”

Danny had plenty of competition for the Wildlife job. There were over 200 applicants for the position; seven were interviewed. Danny’s associate degree was one of the reasons he was chosen for an interview.

“They told me that no matter what kind of experience you have, if you don’t have a degree, they won’t even talk to you,” Danny said.

Danny is now working with another former MCC graduate, Patrick Yarboro, who was in the first forestry graduating class at MCC.

“The forestry program helped prepare me with everything that was required and relevant to my getting a job,” Danny said, “and both of the forestry instructors are awesome.”

 

 

Danny was MCC’s 2014 Excellence in Forestry recipient, and his instructors agreed that he could do any job he took on.

“Danny was the dream student every instructor hopes for – hardworking, persistent, and dedicated,” said Mike Thompson, senior forestry instructor. “He is a true American success story which should be told as an example for others to follow.”

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