Seven students from the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) have qualified for the on-the-job training (OJT) on September 2017 to September 2018 at Agrostudies, The International Centre for Agricultural Studies in Israel.

The International Centre for Agricultural Studies is an organization that provides a program of advanced studies and training programs in various agricultural areas to students from different countries.

The OJT program will last for 11 to 12 months. The first three students for this cycle left for Israel on September 14 and 26, 2017. They were Jia Carylle Romeo, Gabriel Antonio Orapa, and Carl Bryan Hoyle, all taking up Bachelor in Animal Science. The other four students left on October 4, 2017. They were Mateo Alfante and April Sampan, BS in Agriculture; Andry Banayag, BS in Development Education; and Chrissan Coyoca, Bachelor in Animal Science.

According to Prof. Santos Villocino, the OJT coordinator, this batch of students is the fifth to take the internship program in Israel. They will be given allowances and assigned to different practical trainings according to their field of studies.

The OJT and practicum is sponsored by the Student Internship Abroad Program (SIAP) of Israel, where students are exposed to various modern agricultural standards, methods, and technologies.

Students who applied for the OJT were screened by a committee composed of faculty from the different departments of the College of Agriculture and Food Science, and by the Students Scholarship Committee of VSU. This program has been around since 2013 and the fourth batch of scholars who left the country last September 2016 are now back from their internship in Israel.