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This is ag: Lunch and learn focuses on work integrated learning at Dal AC

Morgan McNeil, a plant science student at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, loves getting hands-on experience in the greenhouse.
Morgan McNeil, a plant science student at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, loves getting hands-on experience in the greenhouse. - Contributed

BY STEPHANIE ROGERS

Work integrated learning is an essential part of student success and an excellent opportunity to connect local businesses with budding talent.

There are many facets to work integrated learning including, but not limited to, internships, externships, applied research projects, co-operative education and service learning.

“We are always open to growing and incorporating a variety of opportunities for students and as studies have shown, ultimately providing them an edge over their peers when they graduate,” said Joy Galloway-Jones, manager of the Aggie Work Integrated Learning Program.

Recently, students learned and worked in food production, niche start-ups, horticulture and botanical gardens, agricultural equipment and supplies, dairy farming, soil management, finance, research and development and quality management. Two students completed internships in partnership with the AC – International Office in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Having the opportunity to do an internship at Elmwood Veterinary Hospital allowed me to develop my medical technical skills as well as getting credits toward my bachelor, this internship was a life-time experience,” explained Eve Godin of the Class of 2020.

There were 51 interns in total from the AC gaining valuable experience across Canada and into the U.S., with a high concentration in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

“As we develop and explore our own robust work integrated learning direction at the Faculty of Agriculture, it is exciting to watch as the possibilities unfold, the students get energized and industry partners engage in unexpected ways,” added Galloway-Jones.

To learn more about this mutually beneficial partnership and how you can be part of student success at the Faculty of Agriculture, attend a lunch and learn on Nov. 16 and discover the many facets of the program.

At that time, a new partnership with RBC will also be announced. The event will take place in the Student Learning Commons at 135 College Rd. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to s.rogers@dal.ca

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