Forest Hills High School students and staff visited E.J. Carrier’s on Sept. 22 and learned about all of the businesses that they own as well as the operations in Jackman, according to a news release from the high school.

Students and staff rotated through the office, shop and trucking operations. One group went to a job site where they got first-hand experience in a small logging operation and the equipment: harvester, skidder, limber and crane. Several students even ran the crane to move a tree back and forth from a pile.

An important aspect of the trip was also to hear from an employer about the importance of work habits such as being a good team member, attitude, not being on cellphones and how to work your way up in a company.

Other trips for the fall include the sophomores and juniors going on a two-day trip where they will learn about the University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the University of New England. As part of a cultural aspect, they will also attend a play at the Ogunquit Playhouse and dinner at Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells.

Seniors making final plans will visit Central Maine Community College and Thomas College.

The middle school also will learn about several jobs and their requirements. Fifth and sixth graders will attend the Gulf of Maine Research Center in Portland and the seventh and eighth graders will stay at the Poplar Hut in Kingfield as part of the Maine Huts and Trails system.

Funding for the college and career exploration visits is provided by the MELMAC Foundation grant.

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