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HCPSS Announces New Arborist Apprenticeship Program for High School Students

January 23rd, 2019

HCPSS has announced a new program for students interested in a career as an arborist. Offered in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), and funded through a grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), the program will enable participating high school seniors to complete, at no cost, half of the coursework required during the first year of an apprenticeship in this high-demand field.

This apprenticeship is especially well-suited for individuals interested in working with their hands in an outdoor environment. Participants will learn the skills needed to care for trees, shrubs and woody plants, including standards related to the tree care industry, safety practices and hazard awareness, tree biology, plant care, and how to operate and maintain equipment and vehicles commonly used by the trade.

The courses will be held each Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:45-6 p.m. from February 12 through May 10, 2019.

For more information regarding this program, please email