The history of plantations in Georgia is almost as rich as the wildlife they support.
That's why faculty at Southwest Georgia Technical College say the school wanted to create a program that teaches the care and keeping of natural resources.
Explains Dean Dennis Lee, "We did a survey of need for a Land, Forest, Wildlife Management program and found that the landowners and plantations owners saw a need."
The program will take students out from behind their desks to work opportunities in the field -- literally.
Vann Middleton is the Director of Operations at the Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee.
He says a degree in managing wildlife and land will give students a 'leg up' on getting a job -- more now than ever before.
Explains Middleton, "In years past, it was very much a nepotism thing, and you grew up on the plantation, and your father taught you the rules of the road.
But, as he explains, times are changing.
Continues Middleton, "These owners expect a lot more from their managers, there's quite a bit that goes into managing these plantations, they think of them as almost a business."
SWGTC says the survey revealed over 60 potential employers for program graduates.
Classes begin August 22nd.
The school encourages interested students to enroll soon at the Admissions building on campus.