University of Mount Olive Students Receive Hunter Safety Instructor Certification

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive students enrolled in agriculture education received their hunter safety education instructor certification after completing a rigorous 12 hour training course. The training included both classroom instruction and hands-on field activities under the direction and supervision of Mr. Hilton Best, Hunter Education specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
“This training provides me the credentials and experience I need to be able to teach Hunter Safety Education in a high school agriculture education class or other youth program. We are fortunate to have this partnership with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission as this allows us the opportunity to become certified prior to entering the teaching field,” stated Cole Watkins, a senior agriculture education student from Orange County.
Students are prepared to teach firearm safety, as well as ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, as well as specialty hunting and tree stand safety. The importance of hunter safety instruction is documented to have reduced the incidence of hunting accidents by 50% over the last 20 years making hunting one of the safest outdoor recreational activities.
Students receiving certification included Heath Brittain, Catawba ; Dillon Robinson, Norlina; Kim Ballance, Elizabeth City; Morgan Messer, Rocky Mount; Cole Watkins, Hillsborough; Hannah Singleton, Goldsboro; Chelsea Sawkiw, Princeton; Allison Kee, Concord; and Reva Orr, Hope Mills.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit