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SOWELA hires first female Forestry Technology professor

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 13:20:03-04

Dr. Emma Thomas will become Southwest Louisiana Technical Community College's first-ever female Forestry Technology professor.

SOWELA announced the hiring on Tuesday, July 21.

Thomas will join the college's forestry program team at its instructional site in Oakdale.

She received her Ph.D. in Urban Forestry from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge. She has also served at the Parks and Recreation Supervisor in Port Hudson, Louisiana.

"Forestry Technology is critical for a variety of reasons including the prevention of wildfires, protecting forests from damage, sustainable forest management and environmental conservation," said Thomas. "I'm excited to join SOWELA and help lead the next generation of foresters as they start the new program this fall."

SOWELA says that the college's specialized program aims to fill new forestry jobs by preparing students to produce, protect and manage woodland resources.

"The Forest Technology program located at our Oakdale site provides the skilled workforce needed to management and support one of Louisiana's greatest natural resources - the forest industry," said Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall. "SOWELA is very fortunate to have one of the very first female instructors teaching this program. Dr. Emma Thomas is a very qualified and dedicated individual who provides her students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the forestry field."

Registration is currently open for SOWELA's Forestry Technology Program. Those interested in enrolling can visit

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