Supporting next generation of farmers through agricultural scholarships
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.