The annual “Professions Day” event

The annual “Professions Day” event was held at Goris State Agricultural College on May 11, 2021, organized within the framework of the “VET Development in Syunik Marz” project.

The project is being implemented by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO in partnership with HAFL (The School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Sciences) and with the support of Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER).

The event was aimed at introducing the professions of “Veterinary” and “Milk and Dairy Technology” to the pupils of the schools of Goris and Sisian communities, the existing conditions for education, prospects, and opportunities.

The event was attended by almost 120 students and more than ten teachers from schools in Goris and Sisian communities.

The event started with the welcoming speeches from the deputy head of Goris community Mrs. Irina Yolyan, the manager of SDA NGO “VET Development in Syunik Marz” project Mrs. Lilit Hovhannisyan, the director of Goris State Agricultural College Mrs. Nune Avetisyan, the director of ANAU Sisian Branch Mr. Tigran Vandunts, and the director of Goris Regional Center of the State Employment Agency Mrs. Naira Mkrtchyan.

During the event, the participants in different groups had the opportunity to get acquainted with the nature of “Veterinary” and “Milk and Dairy Technology” professions, teaching methods, available opportunities in the labor market, scholarships, volunteerism, and training opportunities presented by the college lecturers, employers, current students, graduates, and invited specialists.

In the practical part of the event, the students and teachers got acquainted with different equipment in the “Milk Processing” laboratory, conducted some experiments under the guidance of mentors, and watched the practical learning process of the college students. Goris State Agricultural College also organized an exhibition of cheese, dairy products, and tasting made by its students.

In the “Veterinary” laboratory, the students were introduced to various tools used during practical lessons and had the opportunity to watch a video covering the practical training process of the students of Goris State Agricultural College. Some of the participants of the event visited Syunik Animal Market where they were introduced to the conditions and opportunities for carrying out practical work.