Among its strategies to add value to the education of its students, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin runs a series of short courses for year 11 students in first term each year.

The short courses complement the classroom, practical workshop and hands onfarming components of the College curriculum . They are a series of learning activities that provide skills and knowledge of benefit to students in future employment.

In addition to the practical skills they provide, many of the courses count towards the VET certificates students receive at the end of year 12.  Students work through three rotations of three days. This year's courses aim to develop skills  in bushfire fighting, chemical handling, construction site safety, first aid, firearm safety and computer aided drawing systems.

Deputy principal, Travis Hooper said: “The short courses provide an opportunity for students to develop skills that can be applied both on and off the farm and enhance their prospects for employment”.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on major upgrades to farm workshop and trade training facilities at the College. The extensions to existing buildings are expected to be finished and ready for use in three or four months.

ABOVE: Taking part in the firearm safety short course (L-R): Instructor, Anthony Snook (Cunderdin) , Jackson Evans (Cunderdin), Emily Cooper (Beacon) and Brody Bauer from York (seated).