Students keen on a career in agriculture and related industries can learn all they need to know about livestock, horticulture and modern farming at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark’s annual Open Day on Saturday 1 September 2018. The College is considered one of the leading lights in the achievement of educational and training outcomes for young men and women in a diversity of agricultural and related fields.
Principal, Kevin Osborne said, “Open Day is one of the most important days on the College calendar. It is the day we open our doors to prospective students, parents, the local community and anyone who may have an interest in agricultural education.”
The College provides a combination of academic and industry-based training that provides students with a wide variety of career options upon graduating. Students have access to a range of programs – a general pathway, a vocational program and an ATAR pathway for students wishing to keep their university options open. “College students are in strong demand for traineeships, apprenticeships or jobs because of their broad skill and knowledge set and their “work-readiness”, said Mr Osborne.
On the day there will be presentations about course availability and employment opportunities and families can tour College facilities including the state of the art robotic dairy, equine centre and trade training centre. There will also be tours of the surrounding farm, ability to talk with teachers and students and see a variety of hands-on demonstrations, providing a real feel for the programs on offer.
Demonstrations will include shearing and wool classing, equine events, cattle parades, metal and automotive, machinery and equipment exhibitions. Classrooms will display coursework projects and there will be market stalls selling horticultural produce, including the popular wine tasting and sales from the College’s East River vineyard; All leading up to a Grand Parade at the close of the day. Also on offer is a buffet lunch for a gold coin donation, the proceeds of which is donated to charity.
“We are already seeing strong demand for places at the College in 2019 – Open Day will give parents and prospective students an exceptional opportunity to see what the College has to offer and to make preliminary enquiries about enrolment.”
Open day runs from 10am to 3pm at 872 South Coast Highway, Denmark. Extensive, free onsite parking is available.