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April 17, 2024 4:31 am

WCC student named to forestry honor society

Bryan Ekberg, Wayne Community College's first North American Forest Technician Honor Society inductee.

GOLDSBORO — Bryan Ekberg is Wayne Community College’s first member of a national honor society for forestry students.

Ekberg was inducted into the North American Forest Technician Honor Society “in recognition of all your hard work,” his notification said. He was nominated for the honor by one of his WCC instructors, Lynn Jenkins.

The society says that members must have high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character and have achieved an overall 3.0 grade point average and a 3.3 grade point average in forestry courses.

Ekberg was consistently named to the college’s President’s List which requires a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester. He was presented the WCC Forest Management Technology Program Outstanding Student Award in 2022.

Additionally, he was recognized by the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools for academic achievement. The council presented Ekberg and two other inductees each with an award of $150 for having the highest grade point averages in their group of inductees.

Forestry will be a second career for Ekberg. The Rockford, Ill. native served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and ended his career at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. He settled in Pikeville.

He wanted a job different from what he had done in the military. He recollected that the “happiest I had been” was a job in a park he had when he was 18. “I came to the program knowing what a pine and oak were but not much else,” Ekberg said. “The biggest thing about forestry is you can never know everything.”

He hopes to work for the North Carolina Forest Service or other North Carolina Department of Agriculture division. “I am ready to get into the workforce and start that experience,” he said.

The North American Forest Technician Honor Society is a component of the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools, of which WCC is a member.

— From Wayne Community College Public Information