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Teagasc to host virtual college open days throughout June

The virtual events will take place over Zoom. Photo: Christina Morillo.

Staff from the relevant college will provide live presentations on their college and courses, interspersed with video footage of college educational facilities and farm enterprises.

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31 May 2020 | 0

Teagasc is hosting a series of virtual college open days for prospective applicants to its full-time Level 5 agriculture, horticulture, equine, and forestry courses throughout the month of June.

The first in the series of seven virtual open days commences on Wednesday, June 3, with the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 9, with the final event taking place with Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College, County Cork, on Wednesday, June 17.

Each virtual college open day in the series will focus on an individual college in the overall Teagasc network.

Staff from the relevant college will provide live presentations on their college and courses, interspersed with video footage of college educational facilities and farm enterprises.

Each college will also host a virtual question and answer session and advise on how to complete the online course application process.

Most of the virtual events are scheduled for 7pm but events for some specialised course areas are at earlier times.  The event schedule and access details are available here.

“School leavers and parents interested in Teagasc full-time Level 5 courses should tune in and get the ‘look and feel’ of colleges and courses from their own homes.”, said Tony Pettit, head of the Education Programme in Teagasc.

“Our colleges and farms are unrivaled in the depth and breadth of expertise and facilities they bring to land sector education. They are backed by the most up to date Teagasc research and knowledge transfer. We are open for business and applicants should apply online now to the college of their choice at https://www.teagasc.ie/education/going-to-college/apply-online/.”, he said.

The webinars will be broadcast using zoom. Participants can submit queries about courses and colleges during these live events.

Existing Teagasc courses have continued since the Covid-19 lockdown using online channels to support delivery and assessment.

Teagasc intends that full-time Level 5 and 6 courses for the 2020/21 academic year courses will commence in September, which is the normal starting time.

Adult part-time and distance education courses will commence as normal on a rolling basis; however, delivery models will be adapted to comply with national Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing restrictions.

Applicants to colleges should apply now as normal but they should expect that some of their course content will be delivered online this autumn.

Teagasc Virtual College Open Days Schedule

To register for these virtual events, see here.

Date College Virtual Event 2pm 4pm 7pm
Wednesday, June 3 Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 9 Horticulture
Thursday, June 4 Teagasc Kildalton College, Piltown, County Kilkenny Equine Horticulture Agriculture
Monday, June 8 Mountbellew Agricultural College,  County Galway Agriculture
Tuesday, June 9 Gurteen Agricultural College, Ballingarry, County Tipperary Agriculture
Thursday, June 11 Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, County Limerick Agriculture
Monday, June 15 Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, County Cavan Forestry Agriculture
Wednesday, June 17 Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College County Cork Agriculture

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