Female Ag students lead the way!
Welcome to 2014 and what promises to be another great year at Longerenong College. It is great to see another enthusiastic group of first students commence their studies and for the first time in the 125 year history of the college we have more female full-time on-campus students than males. Fair to say this is a reflection of the changing nature of agriculture, with less emphasis now on physical strength and more on business acumen.
Our second year students have also returned and it won’t be long before they head off on industry placement. A group of seven students have been fortunate to secure funding from the federal government to assist with the cost of travelling overseas to complete their placement. This is exciting for both the students and the college and we look forward to some great reports upon their return.
Not only do we welcome the new and returning students to the college, but we also welcome the Bayer CropScience staff to their new wheat and canola breeding facility. Incredibly it has only taken 12 months from the sod turning for the works to be completed. Several thousand lines of canola and wheat were grown at the college during 2013 and we look forward to new commercial varieties being released from this site into the future.
Longerenong College is one of only a handful of agricultural College’s in Australia which offers practical training in agriculture with the added bonus of a 1070 hectare property available for training. The hands-on training on a ‘real’ farm is a major drawcard for students wanting to get their hands dirty whilst gaining an accredited qualification.
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