CY O’CONNOR Institute has appointed three new staff members to form a higher education project team for Muresk Institute at Northam.
Christine Storer is the director, Daisy Bulloch the marketing manager and Adele Simmons the operations manager.
They join the inaugural project of ficer, Anna Kennedy.
“The team is working with Charles Sturt University to establish the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management degree that is planned to start at Muresk from February next year,” Dr Storer said.
“We are very excited to be involved with planning the degree in conjunction with Charles Sturt which is the largest rural university in Australia.
“It has a lot of experience in offering degrees on regional campuses around Australia.
“The team is keen to move out to Muresk in the near future to start work on a course where the students will work closely with the farm at Muresk and farmers around the state.
“After more than 20 years working in higher education I have observed that students become more engaged when their education is linked to employment and they work with employers through their studies.
“I already have students keen to enrol so they can get involved with employers in agribusiness through units of study in industry experience and to travel overseas for international industry experience.
“Employers are also keen to work with the students and to employ them when they graduate.”
Agribusiness is a huge industry offering between 2000 and 5,000 jobs a year and only about 700 graduates to fill them.
“The Muresk degree will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge both on and off the farm and prepare them for employment in jobs ranging from banking to agricultural merchandise, farming and commodity trading,” Dr Storer said.
Operations manager Adele Sim mons was looking forwards to working on something needed by the in dustry.
“There is a demand for a course at Muresk where students can study agriculture on a real farm,” Ms Simmons said.
“The practical approach will give them the skills to run a farm or an associated agribusiness.”
The third member of the team, marketing manager Daisy Bulloch, studied at Muresk.
“My Muresk experience allow ed me to establish networks with potential employers and to develop the knowledge and skills that broadened my career prospects,” Ms Bulloch said.
“The opportunity to be involved in the ground floor planning for the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management is exciting and rewarding and I am looking forward to the challenges. The first is to attract enrolments for the degree course starting next year.”
Lodge an expression of interest at cyoc.wa.edu.au, or contact Daisy Bulloch on [email protected] .wa.edu.au, or call 0427 440 371.
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