Green Certificate Program Prepares For Ag Careers

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Alberta educators and agriculture mentors continue to show their ever-growing interest in Alberta’s Green Certificate, as evidenced at a planning session held in Leduc on January 14 and 15, 2010.

The Green Certificate Program is an industry-driven training program available to students and adults. It provides trainees with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn a credential leading to a career in agribusiness. It is an approved complementary program of studies available to all Alberta high schools.

“Twenty-six participants, with varying backgrounds, careers, and qualifications, gathered for the two-day focus group with the goal of taking the initial step in the restructuring of Green Certificate’s Level 2 Certification,” says Raelene Mercer, Green Certificate program co-ordinator, with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “Currently, this certification is designed to train up an agriculture industry ‘superstar’ who will come out of the Level 2 program ready for any agricultural-oriented position that they might find themselves in, from feedlot to farm to supply store.”

Initial brainstorming discussions at the Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) session focused around identifying the major areas of responsibility that would be taught and what knowledge and skills would be instilled in a Green Certificate Level 2 graduate.

The group brainstormed to come up with the tasks and steps that would support the learning needs in the main areas of responsibility. Major education areas and associated steps, were identified and the planning session was an excellent step towards the revision of the Level 2 certification.

“Throughout the coming years, the shape and delivery of the Level 2 Green Certificate will undergo regular revision and review, with the goal of providing participants with the most adequate, thorough and life-preparing resource possible,” says Mercer.

For more information on the Green Certificate program in Alberta, contact Mercer at 780-968-3551 or visit the Green Certificate program website at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/greencertificate

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