Sup­port­ing next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers through agri­cul­tural schol­ar­ships

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -

CEN­TRAL High­lands Re­gional Coun­cil has joined forces with Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege to pro­vide a boost for young peo­ple in the lo­cal govern­ment area to study the new Ac­cess Ag pro­gram at the col­lege.

One CHRC Schol­ar­ship val­ued at $8000 will be of­fered to a stu­dent com­menc­ing their stud­ies in 2018.

Queens­land Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Tobin said the schol­ar­ship will pro­vide a stu­dent with an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their stud­ies in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and be­come a fu­ture leader in the lo­cal re­gion.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tally im­por­tant to long-term in­dus­try sus­tain­abil­ity and we com­mend and thank the CHRC for their com­mit­ment and sup­port,” he said.

“The Cen­tral High­lands Re­gional Coun­cil area cov­ers around 60,000sq km and is home to 30,000 res­i­dents.

“Many of these peo­ple have di­rect or in­di­rect link­ages with the rich agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries in the coun­cil area.

“Coun­cil wants to con­tinue to sup­port lo­cal agri­cul­ture, and by sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion will help en­sure con­tin­ued prosperity for our lo­cal in­dus­tries and res­i­dents.”

Ac­cess Ag is a new pro­gram in 2018 that turns tra­di­tional se­nior school­ing ed­u­ca­tion on its head.

In­stead of agri­cul­ture be­ing a small part of the cur­ricu­lum, the Ac­cess Ag pro­gram pro­vides stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete their QCE but also pro­vides a very strong foun­da­tion with two agri­cul­tural cer­tifi­cate qual­i­fi­ca­tions on in­dus­tryscale en­ter­prises at Emer­ald and Lon­greach.

This means stu­dents who com­plete Ac­cess Ag are work-ready sooner than stu­dents who study vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions after school.

Im­por­tantly, Ac­cess Ag stu­dents will also be el­i­gi­ble for di­rect en­try into the CQUniver­sity Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­ture.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the CHRC Schol­ar­ship are open now and will close on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

Stu­dents un­der­tak­ing Ac­cess Ag can choose from var­i­ous study op­tions, in­clud­ing whether they want to spe­cialise in a par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try or grad­u­ate with gen­er­al­ist skills.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in­clude day stu­dents, week­day board and full board.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the CHRC Schol­ar­ship, visit www.qatc.edu.au.

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