New Board Members Bring Commitment and Passion to ITSEF

The Inspector Training School Education Foundation (ITSEF) is pleased to announce the addition of two new Board members, Jay Reese of Penn-Sylvan International, Inc. and graduate of the 85th Class of the NHLA Inspector Training School; and Hud Caldwell of Northland Forest Products and graduate of the 89th Class of the School.

ITSEF Board Chair Bucky Pescaglia welcomed Jay and Hud to the Board, noting that it’s an exciting time for the Foundation. “Jay & Hud bring a lot of passion for supporting ITS, and we will benefit greatly from their contributions.”

ITSEF is dedicated to increasing School enrollment through financial support, promoting ITS outside of the hardwood industry, and maintaining equipment to enhance the learning experience for students. A volunteer Board of Trustees manages it made up of industry leaders and ITS graduates, all committed to the success of ITS.

Known by many as the “Boot Camp” for future leaders, ITS offers the only Hardwood Lumber Inspector certificate program in the world. Due to the reputation of the School, it is not unusual for students to receive multiple job offers before they graduate. It is also no surprise that some companies require their inspectors to be trained by NHLA as ITS graduates have been known to save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars a year because of their ability to apply the NHLA Rules when grading lumber.

Since its creation in 2012, the Foundation has provided almost $40,000 in scholarships to deserving students like John David Treat, who received an ITSEF scholarship to attend the 191st class. David, like many of our students, is part of a hardwood family business that goes back to his great grandfather, who started a stave mill in Arkansas. He grew up around a sawmill, working alongside his grandfather, father, and uncle.

In March, John graduated as a member of the 191st Class of the Inspector Training School and joined almost 8,000 ITS graduates who credit the School for opening a doorway to a successful career. It is not unusual for graduates to own their own companies, hold senior management roles in others, and play a key role in helping keep family-run companies alive. All of those options are open for young men like John, thanks to ITSEF’s support.

ITSEF is proud to invest its funds in students like John David Treat through its scholarship program. The Board also recognizes that more is needed to keep the School relevant to the next generation of graduates. As vocational education becomes increasingly popular, the Foundation is considering opportunities to promote ITS to broader audiences. Equally important is ITSEF’s goal of supporting the purchase of new high-tech equipment to help prepare students for a global industry that is becoming increasingly complex.

To reach these audacious goals, ITSEF has worked hard to clarify its mission, vision, and purpose. Under the leadership of Chairman Bucky Pescaglia, the organization has enhanced its Board governance to help make decision making more effective. It is also receiving administrative support from NHLA, allowing them to move faster as an organization.
In other words, ITSEF is on the move!

If you are interested in learning more about the Inspector Training School Educational Foundation and how you can help support its mission, please send an email to [email protected].