Longerenong College restricts student numbers for first time

STUDENT LIFE: Second-year Longerenong College student Annabelle Jacka of Kaniva at the college’s open day on Sunday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

STUDENT LIFE: Second-year Longerenong College student Annabelle Jacka of Kaniva at the college’s open day on Sunday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

STUDENT enrolment numbers will be restricted at Longerenong College in 2015 for the first time.

College general manager John Goldsmith said full-time student enrolments for on-campus courses would be capped at 60 next year.

“We have had an increase in numbers over the past seven years and we are now approaching our capacity,” he said.

Mr Goldsmith said student places would be on a first in, best dressed basis.

“They still have to meet the criteria though,” he said.

“Students can put in an application form now, which gets them a provisional place, then later in the year they have to submit their school results or provide proof of industry experience.”

Mr Goldsmith said it was pleasing to see more students interested in a career in agriculture.

“This has been an increasing trend of the past few years,” he said.

“We have seen it in a number of other agriculture institutions.”

This year, just under 50 students enrolled at the college, including 26 female students.

Enrolments were up 18 per cent this year, rising to 44 from 36 in 2013.

Longerenong College can house a maximum of 117 students.

Young people in the region learnt about a potential career in agriculture at the Longerenong College open day on Sunday.

Mr Goldsmith said it was a great day.

“It was our equal-best open day ever,” he said. 

“We had the same number of prospective students as we did in 2011. 

“Agriculture is very much a business now.

“We’re getting more students each year.”

Mr Goldsmith said it was pleasing to see interest in the college growing.

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