Ag College enrolments are up in Emerald
WITH the drought gripping large areas of the country, it's great to see growing interest in agriculture courses at Australian institutions.
Australian Agricultural College Corporation executive director Brent Kinnane said students were coming from all over to study in Emerald.
"Enrolments have increased for semester 1," Mr Kinnane said.
"Fifty-four students have enrolled, which is up 12% from the previous year."
"We offer training with beef and cattle production, the equine industry, horticulture and rural operations.
"The board continues to identify and develop courses relevant to industry."
Johanna Roberston, of Clermont, who was lucky to receive a Queensland Government scholarship, started at Emerald Agriculture College this week.
"I look forward to the challenges ahead," she said
"I will be making new friends who share similar interests."
Johanna has her sights set high for the future.
"I would like to further my career in the beef industry," she said.
"My aspiration is to become a livestock agent and auctioneer."
After decades of decline, there was a 15-20% increase in university enrolments in agriculture courses at Australian universities during 2013.
Enrolments at Emerald Agricultural College this year have increased by 12%.