By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 12, 2017.
Our government is investing up to $400,000 annually to eliminate student fees for a popular high school agriculture apprenticeship program.
In early June our government announced that we will be covering the cost of taking any Green Certificate Program for all students across the province. This is one more way that our government is committed to reducing schools fees for Albertans.
We heard from students and parents that the single largest barrier to taking this program was the cost of this program, so we knew we had to make a change.
The Green Certificate Program is designed to connect students with our agricultural industry and includes eleven different programs including: beekeeper production technician, equine technician, sheep production technician and cow-calf beef production technician.
The Green Certificate Program was developed by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in 1975 as a way to address labour market needs for Alberta’s agriculture sector and now, around 750 students participate in the program each year.
The GCP provides students with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their high school program and to earn a credential leading to a career in agribusiness.
Students learn on the job, under the direction of experienced farm personnel and under the supervision of teachers.
Our government is committed to protecting and improving education and preparing students for their futures. We are also committed to making life better and more affordable for Albertans.
The writer is the Alberta’s minister of education.
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