ERIC Number: ED364658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Dairy Farm Worker Training at Tompkins Cortland Community College 1989-1990.
Maloney, Thomas R.; San Jule, Timothy F.
Tompkins Cortland Community College (New York) developed a procedure to recruit and train potential dairy farm workers. A number of marketing efforts were undertaken: distribution of 150 recruitment posters, distribution of public service announcements to 27 area news agencies, 76 paid radio spots broadcast by 4 stations, and staff member follow-up on 48 local residents' request for information on the dairy training program. The curriculum, designed by the advisory board with the cooperation of several dairy training experts, included three primary parts: orientation, classroom training, and job shadowing. The 20-hour dairy skills curriculum had four primary parts: feeding and nutrition, dairy cattle reproduction, the milking process, and milking equipment. Twenty-five enrollees began the program; 22 completed the classroom training. Almost half of those completing the training became employed on local dairy farms. A pretest-posttest assessed the effectiveness of the teaching methods. The average score on the pretest was 56 percent; the average score on the posttest was 85 percent. According to the student course evaluation, students responded well to the course, would have liked to be able to have more "hands-on" experience, and believed the program was pertinent to their needs and interests. The farmers who participated in the program were, for the most part, pleased with the students they worked with and were impressed with the program. (Appendixes include the curriculum and results of the student course evaluation and farmer evaluation. The back cover page lists other Agricultural Economics Extension publications and their report numbers. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell Univ.