Fort Cox College, is renowned for offering credible natural resource management based training since the 1930’s. The Rural Development Centre (RDC) is a section of Fort Cox College, which provides a wide range of training, mentoring and facilitation, through accredited and non-accredited short course training and learnerships. The anticipated benefits of using this centre comprise; a rural environment conducive for natural resource based training, a variety of services at a central point, (such as training facilities, reasonable accommodation and dining area), a close proximity to the farm and the fields; all factors which enhance an integrated learning.
To be the leading centre of learning in sustainable Agriculture and Forestry in Southern Africa
Facilitate, coordinate and conduct training, mentoring, development and application of practical knowledge in the sustainable utilization of natural resources to improve rural livelihoods.
The Centre offers training in various options in line with the dynamic needs of the industry and rural environment. This department also enables the qualified learner to understand, promote, apply and integrate agricultural aspects of rural development into the socio – economic development of individuals, communities, NGO’s, private enterprises, and local, regional and national government.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AND DISTINCTION
Fort Cox is situated in the centre of rural areas of the Eastern Cape which is considered to be the poorest in the country. The economy of the province is based on agriculture particularly crop and animal production. Fort Cox College has been so competitive in producing high calibre graduates in agriculture and forestry since the early 1970’s. Such reputation of maintaining high quality standards has filtered through to the RDC.
POSITION OF RDC TO THE COLLEGE STRATEGIC PLAN.
RDC intends to strategically position itself such that it contributes directly and indirectly towards achieving the desired goals of the College, specifically, contributions will be made through the following:
1. Educators’ training
2. Training of Extension Officers
3. School outreach
4. Social Development Beneficiary Training
5. ECDC Training and mentoring of Cooperatives
6. Facilitation of development initiatives
7. National Rural Youth Services Cooperation (NARYSEC)
8. Training of out of school youth