Cotton course reaches decade milestone

24 August, 2004

___The Australian Cotton CRC Cotton Production Course, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, has produced 153 graduates, according to John Stanley, the current course coordinator at The University of New England._

Since 1994 there have been four course coordinators: Steven Buster: ‘Darling Farms’ Bourke; Ivan McLeod: Plant Health Australia; Guy Roth: CEO of the Australian Cotton CRC; and John Stanley. The first graduates emerged in 1996.

There were 20 graduates from the course in April 2004. About 30 Cotton CRC staff and other industry personnel deliver specialised lectures during the residential schools associated with the Course.

At The University of Queensland (Gatton campus) 22 students took the unit which includes a 2-day residential at Gatton College. Eight students enjoyed a 4-day residential at The University of Sydney, including a day on integrated pest management.

The Course won a prestigious Business and Higher Education Roundtable award in 2001 for collaborative training between industry and the university sector.

The Course is also an integral part of Cotton Consultants Australia’s accreditation program.

Transfer of the cotton course material into XML format is under way via a UNE program to improve the speed with which the course can be updated.

A review of the course curriculum is planned to make sure the course continues to project industry relevance. An online section remains part of each unit.

Guy Roth, CEO of the Cotton CRC, congratulated all concerned with the development of the Course in its first decade, and said its achievements over that period provided a sound foundation for continuing progress over the next decade.

Further information: John Stanley 02 6773 3758

Pictured: Three prominent Cotton CRC identities were on hand for the cutting of the Cotton Production Course 10th anniversary birthday cake, including Ingrid Christiansen (left of notice) and David Larsen and John Stanley (right).