Poultry Industry Council announces roll-out of online PoultryPro training program.
For immediate release:
Guelph, January 28, 2015 – The Poultry Industry Council is happy to announce that their online, modular “Poultry 101” training program is now complete and ready to accept participants.
This course was developed in response to a need identified by industry stakeholders for a relevant and comprehensive training opportunity applicable to the entire sector. Previously, no such industry-wide opportunity was available.
PoultryPro consists of four online modules that focus on Barn Management, Feed and Water Management, Breeder Management, and Disease Management. Each module covers a wide variety of sub-topics and delivers a curriculum that was developed with industry representatives and subject matter experts. The target audience of the course includes new farm workers, new industry employees, and new graduates hoping to work in the poultry industry.
“PoultryPro is all-encompassing for the poultry sector, it is not specific to any one company or poultry species,” explains Laura Bowers, Education & extension Programs Manager with PIC. “There is a lot of information out there, but PoultryPro brings it all together in an online course format that is very practical and useful at the barn level,” she says. “It provides a great foundation in poultry production for new farmers or farm workers and new industry employees, as well as new graduates looking to upgrade their practical knowledge of aspects that might not have been covered in school.”
PoultryPro isn’t meant to replace on-the-job training; rather, it will introduce those taking the program to important key poultry production concepts and make them familiar with relevant general information and aspects of the poultry industry.
In order to successfully complete each module, participants take a test and a minimum score is required to pass and move on to the next module. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the entire course.
It will take participants between 10 to 25 hours to complete the four modules. Since the target audience consists of a few different types of participants who will have varying needs and backgrounds, the program was designed to offer flexibility when it comes to learning. There is critical information that everyone must know which makes up the basis of the course, and there is also a great deal of “good to know or “extra resource” material that participants can access and spend more or less time on, depending on their background and training needs.
PoultryPro is being delivered through a partnership with the Business Development Centre at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. This group was chosen as they already deliver other online courses, and thus have the required infrastructure and IT resources in place. Ridgetown also has a staff team experienced in online course delivery and transferring adult education materials into e-learning formats.
The course information consists of online materials and a textbook, and is provided in a variety of ways. It has been designed to be very interactive, and features a number of interactive learning activities, clickable buttons, links and extra resources throughout each module.
While PoultryPro is a very comprehensive training program, both the time commitment required and cost are very manageable. Together with our industry partners, PIC has ensured that PoultryPro is very relevant and useful.
The course fee is $180 plus HST; more information and course registration are at the links listed above.
This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists with GF2 delivery in Ontario.
Contact: Laura Bowers, Education & Extension Programs Manager
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