Jemma Brown is among the five students on track to achieve the new diploma in agriculture later this year. “The course is really hands on, with the practical aspects allowing students to get out into industry and gain great experience,” she said.
“I was four years out of school when I enrolled, so I was worried about the workload of studying.”
Ms Brown grew up on the family farm in Dandaragan and has her sights set on a career as an industry adviser.
She said her focus was in crop agronomy, with units allowing her to learn skills such as identifying weeds and analysing samples in the laboratory.
Ms Brown developed these skills further through work experience at the Carlisle-based agricultural research company, Kalyx.
Other areas of the course cover animal husbandry, soil and water science, and communications.
Muresk Institute is open for course enrolments, including the diploma launched last year and developed with industry, training and education partners.
Muresk Institute general manager Prue Jenkins said the diploma filled a gap in the market between certificate graduates and university degree programs.