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Access Ag students ahead of the pack

Access Ag is a brand new rural skills training program for senior school students in 2018, and turns traditional senior schooling education on its head. 

Newly appointed Access Ag Program Coordinator Ms Stephanie Banditt, is excited to welcome the inaugural cohort of Access Ag students to the Emerald Agricultural College in 2018.

“I am very passionate about agricultural education, and I’m looking forward to taking on this position when I have concluded the school year in my current role as Agriculture Coordinator,” she said.

“For the last 5 years I have been inspiring and teaching young people about where their food and clothes come from and running a successful Agriculture Department at a College in Mackay,” shared Ms Banditt.

“The Access Ag program is important, as it fosters students’ passion with agricultural aspirations in an environment that delivers industry scale practical learning.  Ensuring students complete their senior schooling education while still following their dreams in the agricultural sector, making it more meaningful for them.”  

Instead of agriculture being a small part of the curriculum, the program provides students with the opportunity to complete their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), but also provides a very strong foundation with two agricultural Certificate qualifications delivered on large operating enterprises.

“Students will achieve their QCE through partnering with Capricornia School of Distance Education studying board approved subjects and remain enthused about the agricultural industry, to progress into the future utilising the skills and knowledge equipped to them through the Access Ag program, and applying them to their future roles or studies.”

Students who complete Access Ag are work ready sooner than students who study vocational qualifications after school.  Graduates of the Access Ag program also gain the advantage of a direct entry option into the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture.

“It is about creating pathways for their future and this is also part of my passion for agricultural education,” said Ms Banditt.

“Aspiring students should contact QATC on 1800 888 710 to arrange an interview, where questions can all be answered by one of the senior staff members at Emerald Agricultural College, or ask for an Access Ag prospectus outlining the program,” advised Ms Banditt.

QATC Access Ag enrolments are open to Year 11 students in 2018. To find out more visit or contact QATC on phone 1800 888 710.

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