A po­ten­tial new crop of stu­dents

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

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.

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