Since last September, the College has been getting applications on an almost daily basis, for courses starting in September, 2015. “It has gone full circle,” said principal Derek O’Donohoe, referring to the 2008 slump in enrolments, with only 20 applications for the college’s 80 places — linked to farmers’ sons and daughters leaving the land for easier and more lucrative Celtic Tiger jobs.
By 2010/2013, total enrolments had risen to 276, and have grown every year since, reaching a record 469 enrolments for 2014/2015.
The full-time courses Pallaskenry offer are the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture; Advanced Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation (both FETAC) and Higher Certificate in Technology in Agricultural Mechanisation (HETAC), run in partnership with LIT. New courses have been added, such as a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, and a Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration.
The Advanced Certificate in Dairy Management started last year. “They start off with the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture. At the end of year one, they have to make decisions regarding what stream of agriculture they do in year two,” said Mr O’Donohoe.
Pallaskenry College application forms are available from the Teagasc website, or the college can be contacted for information on 061-393100.