COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - College Triumphs Despite COVID Challenges
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Tocal Agricultural College has overcome the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic to progress its fulltime residential programs with a view to students achieving a national qualification by the end of the year.
In addition to these more traditional subjects and delivery modes, Tocal has created and adapted content to meet the needs of adults, educators and younger students who are learning from home. The college has continued to deliver great results for students and industry through its adult education program, which this year made a strong shift online. A highlight of this development occurred when the Tocal team won a national education training award for its e-learning course, Honey: Harvesting and Extracting. The college's Schools program was also recognised at the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards for its range of teacher professional development and student resources.
I am delighted that what began as a year of drought and fire has become a year of bounty and success, with the Tocal farm enterprises performing at record levels of production.
I congratulate those studying agricultural pursuits, and their educators, on their tenacity during this time of great change.