Student Career Days

TCIAF’s Student Career Days (SCD) is the student component of TCI EXPO. Open to students enrolled in arboriculture, horticulture, forestry and related programs at all levels, this annual event is the largest FREE career development event for students in the industry.

Whether you’re a student, a tree care company, or a tree care industry supplier, manufacturer or service provider, SCD is a valuable event for you. Keep reading to find out why!

SCD 2017

SCD at TCI EXPO 2017 will be November 2-4, 2017, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

For Students

As the largest free career development event for students enrolled in horticulture, forestry and related programs at all levels, SCD is a valuable opportunity for students to get an inside look at the field they’re studying. Still need more convincing?
  • Students and instructors receive complimentary entry to the trade show floor and all of the educational seminars for all three days of TCI EXPO.
  • Our free students-only Job and Internship Fair features some of the biggest names in tree care and gives students the chance to interview with them.
  • Students compete in climbing events for the chance to win gift certificates for merchandise, compliments of STIHL.
  • Free food, t-shirts and giveaways.
  • Plus…TCIA has limited funding available through TCIAF to reimburse the students for some of their travel expenses.

Full details about SCD 2017 are available here.


Ready to attend SCD? Please note that all students must be pre-registered and all students competing in a skills event must also provide signed liability waivers.

Registration for SCD opens later this summer - stay tuned!

Travel Reimbursement Details

Requests for reimbursement will be considered on a first come, first-served basis. So it literally pays to complete and submit your registration form early!

TCIA determines a school’s reimbursement amount based on number of students attending and location.

More information about reimbursement levels is available here.

For Tree Care Companies, Suppliers, or Manufacturers

Partnership Opportunities

Are you looking to build your tree care company brand while also recruiting new talent for your workforce? Becoming a SCD partner could be your solution.

In the weeks and months leading up to SCD, partners receive name and logo publicity on promotional materials (including posters and t-shirts) that are shared industry-wide. At the event, partners receive direct access to students, a Job & Internship Fair booth, and more.

Questions? Interested in learning more? Contact Amy Tetreault.

2017 Partners


Job & Internship Fair

Are you a tree care company owner looking to meet the best and brightest entering the workforce? Consider participating in the SCD Job and Internship Fair on Saturday, November 4.

TCIAF anticipates more than 200+ collegiate and vocational students will attend Student Career Days at TCI EXPO this November. These students are career-focused and many will come to Columbus specifically for the Job Fair to meet potential employers.

Interested? Questions? Contact Mai Chen.

About 2016

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