Ballarat Clarendon College Y10 students have welcomed the Alternative Pathways program into effect this week. As part of the program, students will complete a Certificate II in Agriculture and a Certificate II in Small Business through Federation University.
On Thursday, students participated in their first morning of classes.
“It’s another great opportunity the school have provided me so that I can pursue a career within my hobbies and interests,” said Year 10 student, Thomas Leahy. “We live on a 1,600 acre dairy farm in Northern Victoria and completing a Certificate II in Agriculture means I can learn the theory behind what our family has been putting into practice for many years.”
The Alternative Pathways program provides students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the classroom and in a range of practical industry settings. Before attending their first class, students had already gained industry experience through excursions to the Ballarat Mushroom Farm, Attwood’s Winery and Sunnybank Farm. They also met with Old Collegian, Sam Haans (2010), owner of Boost Juice Ballarat and SJH Entertainment and Events.
“Participating in the program has been a valuable introduction to what working in the agricultural industry would actually look like for me,” said Clancy Leahy. “I’m very interested in the prospect of working in agronomy and farm management so I’m looking forward to furthering my skills in those areas.”
Throughout their studies, students will develop and apply their knowledge in areas such as sustainable business practices, banking, finance and the collection and collation of data to inform decision making. As a result, students will gain insights and create genuine pathways into their future careers while making invaluable connections with community members.
We look forward to supporting our students through this new learning opportunity and, ultimately, achieving their heart’s desires.