Choosing the right college and program for your post secondary education is a serious decision. Throughout this site you will find the help needed to get started, answer some of your immediate questions and deliver some necessary information regarding course structure and student finances.
Some of the important factors that need to be considered include the quality education you will receive, the experience of the instructors, the job market upon completion of the program and most importantly; how do potential employers within the natural resources sector view the reputation of the school and program.
Are graduates happy with their education? Do employers value and first hire graduates from one college over another on a regular basis? Do instructors have practical experience within the sector or do they rely on teaching theory?
MCFT has been training forest technologists for 68 years. We specialize in natural resource education which includes fish & wildlife so 100 percent of the time is focused on learning and working with students and faculty who are passionate about the outdoors, our natural resources and people who want to make a difference.
If this sounds like a career for you please read on; we can help you realize your dreams and help you pursue
a career in forestry.
Facilities For Training
MCFT has up-to-date multimedia equipment and software pertinent to the natural resource sector in all lecture theatres and computer lab. During their two years of study, students will receive "hands-on" experience using a wide variety of techinical equipment and tools used by Technologists in both field and office work.
MCFT students have access to the Kingsclear Woodlot (500 ha) which is used as a field laboratory where knowledge gained in the classrooms is given practical experience; included on the woodlot is a Sugary that will be maintained and operated by the students at the college. MCFT and the Canadian Forest Service – Acadia Research Forest (9086 ha) have partnered and students from the college will have full use of its land for field instruction and research. The University of New Brunswick Forest which has been an integral part of MCFT’s training over 64 years is the quickest access for the college. Located directly out the front doors this woodlot is a major source for training when students are not in Noonan or Kingsclear.
The Advanced Diploma program has partnered with Fundy National Park in Alma, New Brunswick and has started up the first aerial moose surveys since 1993, two full days will be set aside for these surveys which are conducted using services from Canadian Helicopters.
Outside resource specialists are brought in from the forestry sector, university faculties and from various provincial and federal governments to further enhance the student’s educational experience. Students also visit a number of work sites ranging from large industrial operations to local research laboratories.
Each year the college accepts 60 new students so a limited number of seats are available. In addition to the new class, a second year class returns and the total student population averages about 95 per year.
Student to instructor ratio is 3.4 to 1, which makes for an approachable environment and enables the instructors to get to know the students on a first name basis. Small class sizes allow for more interaction and individual help when students are not in lectures or labs.