The diverse range of practical learning experiences provided by the degree were highlighted at the valedictory dinner for the third group to complete the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk.
The dinner at Jennacubbine Tavern on October 18 was for those who are about to complete the three-year degree offered in a partnership between Central Regional TAFE and Charles Sturt University.
Thirty-five students and staff combined for an evening of reminiscence, fun and a farewell speech from Head of the School of Agribusiness at Muresk, Professor Christine Storer.
Dr Storer focused on the strengths of the degree: small groups where everyone got to know each other, the practical, hands on nature of the learning program and its combining of business management and science relevant to agriculture as well as the opportunity to network with industry.
“You took part in many study trips to exemplary farms and agriculture related businesses involved in handling, transport, processing, manufacturing and retailing,” Dr Storer said.
“Then there were a number of field days and the southwest tour.
“The program enabled you to take part in numerous practical classes including crop monitoring, ram selection, soil sampling and testing, the anatomy and physiology of ruminant digestion.
“The list goes on.
“You have developed self confidence and a range of valuable skills to take with you into the workplace including effective communication, assertiveness, teamwork, leadership and the ability to negotiate.
“Some of you were involved in the organization and staging of the Muresk Lecture attended by about 80 people including industry supporters and members of the public.”
Students completing their degree have jobs opportunities in areas like agronomy, rural banking, merchandising and field research.
Those graduating included Kevin Binning (York), Jeremy Bryan (Bindi Bindi), Matthew Flint (Northam) Angela Ryan (Doodlakine), Jack Sawyer (Xantippe), David Storer (Meckering), George Walton- Hassell (Pingelly), Jessica Whyte (Quairading), Laine Williamson (Australind) and Rachael Perkins (Kojonup).
Most already have jobs.
Dr Storer paid tribute to the staff involved in the administration and delivery of the course since it started in February 2014 and those remaining during the wind down to its closure in mid-2020.
Lindsay McNeill is the media officer for Central Regional TAFE’s School of Agribusiness.