Student Events

Did you know the IAA has a Workforce Development committee? The goal of this committee is to promote the arboriculture industry and encourage people in the workforce to pursue careers in it with our IAA members. We also put on the annual career fair at the IAA Annual Conference to help provide affordable opportunities for IAA members to get in front of career seekers and provide career opportunities in arboriculture. Through promotion of our industry and engagement with career seekers, we seek to further professionalize and increase the work force in arboriculture.

The Illinois Arborist Association Workforce Development committee has been busy over the early part of this year. The current situation with COVID-19 has recently limited our ability to attend more events, but up until now we were able to attend four different high school career exploration events. These were great opportunities for the IAA to be present and in front of soon to be high school graduates promoting the profession of arboriculture as they decide their career and educational path.

The events started this past January in Champaign, IL and then recently completed with a Zoom career expo put on by Fermilab and their annual STEM Career Expo. These events allowed us to promote our industry to graduating students and encourage careers in our field with IAA members.  Multiple organizations volunteered staff to attend these events and thanks to all of those who attended and helped promote the profession of arboriculture.

  • Dan O’Brien – Russo Power Equipment
  • Tony Dati – Village of Lombard
  • Zach Woodbury – City of Champaign
  • Gabriel Marquez, Jr. – Gabriel’s Companies, Inc.
  • Chris Beiser – Nels Johnson Tree Experts
  • Betsy Meyers, Alan Seal & Paul Filary – Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.

The events that we attended in 2020 thus far, include:

  • Mahomet Seymour High School Career and College Exploration Night
  • Fremd High School Career Expo School District 211
  • Grant Community High School Career Fair
  • Fermilab STEM Career Expo

We look forward to identifying and attending more of these events in the future as well as continuing to host our own career fair at the IAA annual conference. If you know of events for us to attend or you are interested in helping our committee grow the workforce in arboriculture, contact Paul Filary at pfilary@kramertree.com

Alan Seal, Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.
Student Event at Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL
Dan O’Brien, Russo Power Equipment & IAA Industrial Director along with Alan Seal, Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.
Student Event at Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL

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