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    DOORS OPEN: Longerenong College students Maddie Marks and James Robbins are looking forward to the college’s open day. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

AgLife: Opportunity to experience ‘vibe’ at Longy

Preparations are in full swing for a return to a traditional on-campus open Sunday at Longerenong College on August 8.

College business development officer Donna Winfield said there was considerable excitement around again opening the college to prospective students and their families after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the occasion into a virtual event last year.

“While the virtual tour covers off on many aspects of what people need to know, there is nothing quite like going to the campus and feeling the ‘vibe’ – which has blossomed incredibly in the past decade,” she said.

“Society has latched onto the potential of Australia’s agricultural industry and people have started to recognise that Longerenong is at the forefront of this charge when it comes to hands-on tertiary training.

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“Gee whiz, there is such a growing interest in agriculture, especially considering we were confronting far-from-encouraging sentiment only 15 years ago.

“What’s been wonderful now at the college is the evolutionary shift to include the most up-to-date farming technological approaches and training in the world with traditional farming-skill training and development.”

Ms Winfield said the college, at Dooen north of Horsham, was strongly promoting the open day across Victoria and expected a large number of registrations as well as broad general interest.

She said the open day would provide students with an opportunity to hear about career opportunities and course outlines, meet current students and ‘basically get a general idea of what’s on offer and where it might lead’.

Longerenong College’s benchmark courses are Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management, Diploma of Agronomy and Certificate IV in Agriculture. It also provides apprenticeship courses and wool classes.

The college is also based on a fully operational 1070-hectare broad-acre mixed farm, which has been subject to a transformation with the implementation of a Demonstration of Agriculture Technology Application, DATA, farm.

The college is undergoing a major infrastructure overhaul with work involving its agribusiness centre and classrooms and a $6.5-million accommodation development getting the nod.

The entire May 26, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire May 26, 2021 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!