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Farm student digs

THE State Government today opened more student accommodation at Waurn Ponds Marcus Oldham College.

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the college campus to open a new 30 bedroom facility, which will ensure more students have an immersive on-campus experience. It has been supported with $2.5 million in funding from the Government’s Agricultural College Modernisation Program.

The Government said:

The Program helps agriculture colleges and other training providers to upgrade the programs and facilities they need to educate Victoria’s future farmers and agriculture professionals.

Marcus Oldham is a non-profit college offering higher education qualifications in agriculture, agribusiness, and equine management at a Diploma through to Masters level.

The state's growing food and fibre sector needs more skilled workers with a range of skills including digital, business, risk and marketing skills to take products to international markets.

This is the first infrastructure project to be completed as part of the Program. It has increased on-campus accommodation to 153 beds, enabling more students to access education and enhance their agricultural knowledge.

The project is part of the $50 million Agricultural College Modernisation Program, which has allocated $20 million to upgrade facilities at Longerenong College, the University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus and Marcus Oldham College in Geelong.

The Agricultural College Modernisation Program is delivering on the Labor Government’s 10-year Agriculture Strategy to support the skills of the future and help more Victorians pursue an exciting career in agriculture.

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