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New ag alternative for senior high school students

New ag alternative for senior high school students

Next year will see doors open to inaugural students for a new specialist agricultural education program in Emerald, as an alternative to attending a traditional high school for Year 11 and 12. 

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) has recently announced the 2018 launch of the QATC Access Ag program, based at Emerald Agricultural College. 

The initiative evolved from the successful Pathways to Agricultural Careers and Education (PACE) program, which has been running at Emerald Agricultural College since 2014. 

“We are beefing up the concept of our PACE program,” explained QATC Education and Training Manager, Bernie Ingle. 

“Our goal is to provide pathways for regional students to get job-ready skills sooner, forge industry networks, and build a solid foundation to move into further education and training,” said Mr Ingle. 

Key features of the QATC Access Ag curriculum include two integrated vocational qualifications in agriculture, two ‘Start Uni Now’ (SUN) units which provide credit recognition in the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture, plus Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) eligibility.

As a result of the flourishing partnership between CQUniversity and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, graduates of the QATC Access Ag program will also gain the advantage of a direct entry option into the CQU Bachelor of Agriculture. 

“Our partnership with CQUniversity means we can offer this unique framework for undertaking a complete education in agriculture,” remarked Mr Ingle, “and our specialised curriculum includes the benefit of commercial-scale facilities so students can apply their knowledge and skills in a real world environment.” 

Access Ag students will be involved in practical, work integrated learning at QATC industry scale facilities and with industry partners. 

“Immersing eager senior high school students in practical, agriculturally-focussed studies will demonstrate the flexibility and diversity of career pathways they can aim for within rural industries.” 

“This endeavour will contribute to the future of Australian agriculture by seriously engaging young people in the contemplation of agriculture as a viable career option,” finished Mr Ingle. 

In 2018, QATC Access Ag enrolments will be open to Year 11 students, with Year 12 places available from 2019. To find out more visit our Access Ag page or contact 1800 888 710.

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