Agribusiness Project Launched at the DSC.

The Dominica State College’s Agribusiness Project, has now been launched, after receiving a financial boost of $440,000.00 Canadian Dollars, from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Dominica State College (DSC), Mr. Merrill Matthew stated, that the project will be developed over a three year period – 2013 to 2016.

Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts & Technology at the DSC, Mr. Rawle Leslie, said, this project is part of the Caricom Education for Employment Programme (C-EFE), which is an integrated approach to sustainable development and cooperation developed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

The ultimate goal of the project he said, is increased economic growth through a more competitive, productive and gender equitable work force in the Caribbean.

This includes the strengthening of regional capacity, and employment of technical and vocational training among others.

This was vital, as many of our Agriculture graduates experience difficulty in securing employment in the agriculture industry, and we need to train our graduates in entrepreneurship so they can provide employment for themselves.

Dalhousie University Representative, Ms. Nancy Thornton stated, their project with the DSC is one small component of a larger programme valued at twenty million Canadian dollars, funded by CIDA.

She said this project will focus on training, labour market intelligence and how they can aid in new programmes, competency training, curriculum development and prior learning assessment recognition.

These will all be carried out in various modules, and will occur throughout the project, while assisting the DSC in strengthening the linkages they have with various industries for the project, Ms. Thornton added.




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