The return of an agribusiness degree to Muresk has been welcomed for the opportunities it provides to students studying agriculture at secondary level.

WA Department of Education Director of Agricultural Education, Geoff Moyle, said the agribusiness degree being delivered at the Muresk Institute re-established a valuable pathway into university for students at the five campuses of the WA College of Agriculture and other high schools around the state.

“Students are able to enrol in the normal way with an ATAR. “More importantly it gives university entry to capable students without an ATAR through the innovative process of a Principal’s Recommendation,” he said.

“The secondary colleges of agriculture have a long association with Muresk. “Two of the current principals and a significant number of those teaching agriculture in the Department of Education have qualifications from Muresk. “Teaching is just one of a vast array of opportunities for graduates with an agribusiness degree in the agricultural and allied industries,” Mr Moyle said.

“The Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk will provide graduates with the ideal background for a career in teaching. “There is an ongoing demand for graduates to undertake post graduate training and take up positions as agriculture teachers at the residential colleges or at high schools with agriculture as part of the curriculum,” he said.

Besides positions in agricultural education, there is strong demand in WA from employers eager for well qualified agribusiness graduates. Career opportunities include agronomy, marketing, livestock husbandry, rural finance, farm and agricultural business management, consultant and international trading.

The staff teaching the degree course is highly qualified with extensive industry experience, living in and passionate about education in rural areas. The hands-on course has agriculture in all subjects. It uses industry links to facilitate field trips to exemplary farms and agricultural businesses to support theory studied in the classroom.

The Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management is being run at Muresk by C Y O’Connor Institute with the support of the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Government which provided transitional funding from the Royalties for Regions program to establish the degree.

For further information please contact the C Y O’Connor Agribusiness Team at Muresk by email or telephone 9622 6789.

ABOVE: During a visit to the oil press and retail outlet at York Olive Oil (L-R) business partner Arnaud Courtin with students Jodi James (Cunderdin and Emily Miller (Beverley). The field trip gave students the chance to study a supply chain and value adding in a plant industry.