Incentive offered to register for web-based agcourses

With the New Year bringing the first agriculture-based web classroom courses ever offered in Canada, Ian Barrett, executive director of the Ontario Agriculture Training Institute (OATI) in Guelph, announced last week an incentive is being offered to those who participate in the January and February courses.
The Agricultural Management Institute (AMI)—a creation of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as part of the renewal element of the Agricultural Policy Framework in Ontario—has agreed to provide a $100 rebate for each participant who completes a course.
“Therefore, the net cost to the community will only be $99 plus the original GST,” according to a press release. “But this offer is only for the first set of course being offered in January and February.”
As well, the 50 percent rebate is a one-time offer and will not be repeated.
Certain professional associations, including the CCA and the CAFA, also have agreed to offer professional development credits or extended education credits for the completion of one or more or the courses.
“Check with your association to determine which courses are considered for the credits,” the press release stated.
The four courses being offered in the New Year include:
•Introduction to Commodity Marketing (each Tuesday from 7-9:30 p.m. from Jan. 10-Feb. 14);
•Intermediate Commodity Marketing (each Tuesday from 7-9:30 p.m. from Feb. 28-April 4);
•Introduction to Farm Succession Planning (each Wednesday from 7-9:30 p.m. from Feb. 22-March 15); and
•Managing for High Performance (each Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. from Jan. 12-Feb. 16).
The web classroom is designed to be “a new, exciting, and different online learning experience” in which “you participate in live audio and video, have direct communication with the instructor, and interact with your classmates,” the press release stated.
Barrett noted it’s an important step for the agricultural community because most are located in rural areas and can’t easily get to seminars or to see guest speakers.
And it can work over dial-up, which also is important for rural Canadians.
Space in the courses is limited, so Barrett suggested enrolling as soon as possible.
“The web classroom makes it so everyone can be connected and learn together, which is what we have tried to do,” he remarked. “This is the way of the future.”
For more information or to register, contact Lee Davis at 1-800-668-6284, ext. 222 or at davis@oati.com

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