Kate Cross: The Invergowrie Foundation Agricultural Scholarship for Women Recipient 2011

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Following the successful completion of an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a Diploma of Agronomy at Longerenong College, Kate Cross was able to pursue her ambition of working in the Northern beef cattle industry.  Her first full time job was as a Jillaroo at Rocklands Station for the Western Grazing Company.  Her training and skills enabled her to take on her current position as Station Hand at Tipperary Station in the Northern Territory for the Australian Agricultural Company.  Keen to develop further her skills and experience, Kate would like to explore more of the various beef operations at the company. With her thirst for learning more about the agricultural industry, she will be well-equipped to manage any challenges her job or the industry may present.

Kate had always longed for a career in the beef industry. She completed a Certificate II in Agriculture during VCE and decided that Longerenong College would be a great place to cement her interest in the agricultural industry and also form a sound foundation for employment and future involvement in the industry.

Kate was awarded the Invergowrie Foundation Agricultural Scholarship for Women in 2011. A worthy recipient, she embraced all opportunities presented at Longerenong College and the rural community.

“It was an honour and privilege to have received The Invergowrie Foundation Scholarship during my first year of studies. I felt very proud to obtain the award and have strived to do my very best as a student and now as an employee in the agricultural field. The Invergowrie Foundation Scholarship played an enormous part in my progression as a student at Longerenong College, allowing me to become a residential student and spend more time focusing on my studies. As a residential student, I was able to build on many wonderful friendships and become more involved in extracurricular activities. My studies were made easier with access to the library, internet and the extensive knowledge of the lecturers. The course and extracurricular activities allowed me to develop, not only as an individual but as a team player as well. I had the opportunity to continue to gain confidence, be organised and responsible for my actions and decisions, generate industry connections and increase my knowledge in agricultural industries.

Being an Invergowrie Foundation Scholar and Longerenong College student has led me to achieve more than I ever thought I could. I discovered that the more you apply yourself (to the course) the more you get out of it. The course opened many doors of opportunity leading to workplacement with Birchip Cropping Group, participating successfully in the Rural Ambassador Awards, being a part of the Longerenong Student Association and being elected President for the 2012 Longerenong Show Steers Team which competes annually at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Two years on I have been extremely fortunate to represent my local agricultural show societies at regional and state levels and have travelled within New Zealand on an agricultural tour while representing Victoria at the National Rural Ambassador Awards at the Royal Show held in Fielding, NZ.  My two years of study at Longerenong were also recognised at the Victorian Training Awards and later the Australian Training Awards where I received the 2013 Australian Vocational Student of the Year.

These experiences have been priceless. “