A potential new crop of students
Apotential new crop of agriculture students made the most of an opportunity to gain insight into Longerenong College during an open day.
More than 400 people, including prospective students and their families, familiarised themselves with what the college had to offer, taking part in various tours and presentations.
College business development officer Donna Winfield said the response to the open day left little doubt that people were gaining an understanding of the growing employment opportunities in the agriculture industry.
She added that college leaders were confident of easily attracting the maximum 60 first-year students for a February intake.
“To be able to say the college will be in a position where prospective students are likely to be in competition for places reflects the growth and potential longevity of the institution,” she said. “The open day was great. We had people who had travelled long distances, from NSW and South Australia as well as across Victoria.
“They took part in farm, accommodation and facility tours and presentations were popular, promoting a lot of positive feedback.
“There was also much discussion between visitors and staff about how agricultural employment opportunities in fields such as agronomy were blossoming. And people took interest in our steer parade in preparations for next month’s Melbourne Show.”
Ms Winfield said student interest continued to reflect an even mix between females and males.
“Students looking to pursue studies at the college next year who missed the open day can attend an information day on December 8,” she said.