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Pauleen Reid (left), principal of Knockalva Polytechnic College, shares with Ruth Chisholm (right), country programme director with the Advance Programme, plans her institution has for the agroprocessing learning lab.
Pauleen Reid (left), principal of Knockalva Polytechnic College, shares with Ruth Chisholm (right), country programme director with the Advance Programme, plans her institution has for the agroprocessing learning lab.
 From Left: Shakeem McCrae, student; Ruth Chisholm, director with the Advance Programme; Pauleen Reid, principal; Tiannia Samuels, student and Clavia McFarlane, acting vice principal, share lens time at the official opening ceremony.
From Left: Shakeem McCrae, student; Ruth Chisholm, director with the Advance Programme; Pauleen Reid, principal; Tiannia Samuels, student and Clavia McFarlane, acting vice principal, share lens time at the official opening ceremony.
Students enrolled in the Agroprocessing and Business Management Program at Knockalva Polytechnic College share with Ruth Chisholm (right), products they plan to develop in their new agroprocessing  learning lab funded by USAID, through the Advance Programm
Students enrolled in the Agroprocessing and Business Management Program at Knockalva Polytechnic College share with Ruth Chisholm (right), products they plan to develop in their new agroprocessing learning lab funded by USAID, through the Advance Programme.
Student enrolled in the Agroprocessing and Business Management Programme  examine new equipment as Ruth Chisholm looks on.
Student enrolled in the Agroprocessing and Business Management Programme examine new equipment as Ruth Chisholm looks on.
Tiannia Samuels (left) shares with Ruth Chisholm exactly what the agroprocessing learning lab means to her.
Tiannia Samuels (left) shares with Ruth Chisholm exactly what the agroprocessing learning lab means to her.
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The agro-processing learning lab at the Knockalva Polytechnic College in Ramble, Hanover, was officially opened recently. The lab will help prepare students for agro-processing and the wider world of agribusiness, while providing greater access to tertiary education for persons in western Jamaica. Speaking at the virtual ceremony, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, said the lab will allow Knockalva to produce better quality students, targeted in the direction that the ministry is going. He commended the Advance team, USAID and all the other partners who have been working together to develop a modern, research-based, sustainable agricultural sector. Principal Pauleen Reid said it will enable students to continue gaining practical, hands-on experience and, ultimately, contribute to the growth and development of the country. The goal of the USAID Advance Programme is to enable more young people, especially those from disadvantaged populations, to obtain new or better employment.