Preparing rural students for a brighter agricultural future
THE Burnett State College offers its students opportunities through agriculture programs within their schooling that gives them the tools they need to succeed in rural industries.
Mikaela Ross is one student who will be completing the entire course by the end of this school year and by doing so will earn herself a trade level qualification in agriculture.
“I have been around and working with cattle basically my whole life, I grew up and live on a cattle farm,” Mikaela said.
“That’s what got me started and wanting to do this and it is going to give me a head start in my career.”
Mikaela is looking to continue with the family business in cattle production and has already taken what she has learned and put it to practical use on the family property.
“I’m able to do more on my own at home now which has been good,” Mikaela said.
“I am taking what I am learning here and bringing it home.
Upon completing her final year Mikaela will gain a Certificate Three in Agriculture.
“It has been a big part of my schooling because I have been able to expand what I know,” Mikaela said.
Burnett State College science teacher Jonathan Hansen runs the agriculture classes and mentors the students involved.
“Students take the program starting in year seven and eight, then the next level is the Year 9 and Year 10s before the final seniors years,” Mr Hansen said.
“They are able to start certificate courses and Mikaela has continued right through to senior level and will receive her Certificate Three in Agriculture at the end of this year.”
As part of the program the students take part in cattle competitions and visit cattle sales giving them invaluable experience.
“It is major for me to be able to do that,” Mikaela said.
“You get pointers when you go away to them and you get to be around it and learn what you need our of your own cattle.”
Mr Hansen also encourages the students participation in the course.
“They gain huge benefits from the experience,” Mr Hansen said.
FUTURE OF INDUSTRY: The Burnett State College Agriculture students with their livestock.