High school students in Council, Idaho recently got an up-close look at the forestry industry with the help of Western States employees. 

On April 22, Product Support Sales Rep Mike Bettencourt and Field Technician Jared Schwartz attended an event at Council High School along with several local logging companies. The two of them talked to students about the industry and how equipment is used in the logging process.  

“The event was to teach students about the logging industry, and to let them know that there are good-paying jobs in their community,” Mike said, “Jared showed students how to perform diagnostics on the equipment and talked about his job with Western States. I spoke about my job roles, what it’s like to work for Western States, and career opportunities with us.” 

In addition to hearing about the forestry industry as a whole, students got to try tying down a load of logs, learn how to operate some of the equipment, set chokers, and even throw axes! 

“Students got to understand how a technician can troubleshoot and repair equipment in the woods,” Mike said“It was a fun day spending time with clients and educating young people about our industry and company.  

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