Massachusetts-based advertising agency Inside Out Communications Inc. will be offering a scholarship to a high school graduate from Millinocket, Maine.
Massachusetts-based advertising agency Inside Out Communications Inc. will be offering a scholarship to a high school graduate from Millinocket, Maine, who enrolls in the recently launched 12-week mechanized logging course.
Agency president Alicia Frick Laguarda explained, “Because of our client, Caterpillar dealer Milton CAT, we've had the opportunity to watch forestry crews at work. Chances are that what happened to us would happen to you, too. From then on, every time you pick a piece of paper you'll remember what's behind it — and you'd want to say, 'thank you'.”
The concept for the region's first post-secondary training program for mechanized logging started when the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) approached Maine Speaker of the House Mark W. Eves and asked for his support passing legislation that would help finance the project. A bi-partisan group that understood the importance of the project for the Maine economy got the legislation through.
Dana Doran, PLC's executive director said, “There is a desperate need for trained equipment operators for mechanized forest harvesting,” adding that contractors in Maine are anxious to hire operators who can harvest and process timber efficiently and safely.
Frick Laguarda said that the Inside Out scholarship is offered by her agency in memory of Mrs. Gerald Pelletier, matriarch of the well-known logging family. She reported that this year's scholarship winner is Elijah Hakes.
“Elijah's application, as well as his teacher's and guidance counselor's recommendations, reflect the unadorned grit and willpower that quietly fuel Maine,” she said.