DAIRY INDUSTRY PROVIDES GREAT STEPPING STONE

A new initiative by Western Dairy has given WA College of Agriculture – Denmark students an opportunity to meet with dairy farmers from the south-west who are keen to employee agricultural college graduates on their farms.

Year 12 students from the College were initially invited to attend an introductory session with the team from Western Dairy which provided information about the industry’s new Year 12 Graduate Dairy Placement Program. Western Dairy Executive Officer Esther Jones says, “the professional recruitment process seeks to match enthusiastic Year 12 college graduates with participating dairy farms. Successful student candidates will be offered full-time employment for one year and formal dairy training through South Regional TAFE”.

Representatives from the seven participating south-west dairy farms travelled to WACOA-Denmark on 17th June to conduct “speed interviews” with students. Both students and farmers benefited from the face-to-face “Meet the Farmers” session with students now looking to submit applications to chosen farms. Western Dairy Executive Officer Esther Jones explains that, “participating farms in the graduate placement program are required to provide best-practice employment systems, a safe working environment and positive workplace culture.” By participating in the program both trainees and farmers will be provided with support and guidance throughout the one-year trainee-ship from Western Dairy which will include training workshops and support regarding employment and career pathways.

Year 12 student Jayne Thompson is keen to apply for several positions after the “Meet the Farmers’ session.  Jayne says, “working in the dairy industry is a great stepping stone into the Agriculture Industry. This program provides intensive hands-on skills and an opportunity to learn and apply knowledge while also earning an income”.  Jayne who has undertaken the ATAR program during her time at the college is planning to study Animal Science at the University of New England in Armidale after gaining further industry experience.

College Principal, Kevin Osborne has welcomed the new initiative by the West Australian Dairy Industry.  He said “The specialist agricultural training available at the college provides our graduating students with a range of skills and knowledge which are valued and highly sort after in the agricultural sector. The college is pleased to partner with Western Dairy and participating farms to provide this opportunity for our graduating students”.  

 

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Graduates Shine on Graduation Day

Country Hours Bridget Fitzgerald was the guest speaker at the WACoA-Denmark Graduation on 17 November 2017. Bridget, journalist and presenter on ABC Country Hour gave an enlightening and enjoyable presentation about her journey towards her current career…her sound advice to graduating students as they make their way towards their own careers…“Ask lots of questions”.

The graduation ceremony is an auspicious event for the College. It places importance in expressing the values of the College and honouring the group of individuals graduating on the day, all of whom enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements throughout the year.

The number of presentations of Scholarships and Awards is indicative of the support for the College’s scholarship program which includes support from such dignitaries as Hon. Dr Sally Talbot MLC, Hon. Terry Redman, MLA and member for Warren Blackwood, Mr. Rick Wilson MP and Member for O’Connor and relevant Associations and local business.

Several prestigious scholarships and awards were presented, signifying the high level of talent and leadership qualities among students at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark and the support by both the agricultural and educational sector. Principal, Kevin Osborne said, “The scholarship program recognises agricultural college students with a strong interest in the industry, and strives to support their growth and development within their chosen agricultural field.”

Amongst the many scholarships and awards presented on the day, Bradley Kammann was announced College Dux 2017 for the student with the highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12 along with several other major awards, while graduating student Lacy McAlinden and Year 10 student Deahna Keam were awarded the Australian Defence Force 2017 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards, recognising outstanding leadership qualities in these two students.

The highly prized Royal Agricultural Society Scholarship was awarded to Year 11 student Lily Loessl, while the WA Farmers Agricultural Ambassador Scholarship went to Year 11 ATAR student Mikayla Moolman.  College Captain Shannon Hull received the Top VET/Academic Student Award for excellence in vocational education training.

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Nation’s Future Leaders Recognised

Several prestigious scholarships and awards were presented at the recent Graduation Ceremony, signifying the high level of talent and leadership qualities among students at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark and the support by both the agricultural and educational sector.

Ethan Riemer was announced the College Dux 2016, for the student with the highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12 along with several other major awards, while graduating student Robyn Adams and Year 10 student Jessica Pike, were awarded the Australian Defence Force 2016 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognising leadership qualities in these two students. The Caltex Best All Rounder Award saw Sarah Stutley join the ranks of a select group of Australian students chosen to receive this prestigious award, which also recognises leadership qualities along with excellence in academic, leadership, sporting, and community service activities.

The highly prized Royal Agricultural Society Scholarship was awarded to Year 11 student Makayla Cockman, while the Charles Sturt University Agribusiness Prize went to Cameron Geddes to assist a student to fulfil their goals through tertiary study. Patrick Swallow received the Top VET Award for excellence in vocational education training along with many other certificates of excellence. The Stud Merino Breeders Association Scholarship went to Year 11 student Casey Perkins who has shown a particular interest in the sheep and wool industry and the Old Collegians George Elliott Memorial Scholarship – to assist students with further agricultural studies, was awarded to Ben Marsh, a Year 11 student.

A new WA Farmers Agricultural Ambassador Scholarship – a new initiative between WAFarmers and the Department of Education WA was won by Year 11 student Charlie Cloud. The scholarship recognises agricultural college students with a strong interest in the industry, and will support their growth and development within their chosen agricultural field. Kayla Emmerton won the Shire of Denmark’s Agricultural College Scholarship aimed at students who are likely to pursue agricultural pursuits within the Shire’s boundaries into the future.

 

Visit our Facebook page for a complete list and photo gallery of the Graduation ceremony.

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