Students hope calendar key to women enrolling



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


NAIT forestry students (back row, left to right) Alana Maitland, Nicole Klita, and Katee Mogensen and Shannon Crossland display a calendar they made yesterday.

A handful of forestry students at NAIT are hoping to get more women into the field by posing with chainsaws and lumber for a unique calendar.

Shannon Crossland, a first-year forestry technology student, says the calendar will show women the once male-dominated industry is a fun and fulfilling career to get into.

"Lately, in the last couple of years, I have seen more women getting into the field," the 26-year-old said yesterday.

In the calendar, the students are seen smiling in full safety gear and working in the field using chainsaws or axes. Others have the women laughing together to illustrate how fun the field is, says one of the students.

"I am pretty sure they are going to see how fun this program really is at NAIT when they look at these pictures," said Katee Mogensen, 19. "This isn’t a boring forestry program that’s about trees — it’s something that’s really interesting."

The students will be selling the calendars at the NAIT campus today during the lunch hour for $10 with some proceeds going to support new female forestry students.