Pre­par­ing ru­ral stu­dents for a brighter agri­cul­tural fu­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.

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