21 STUDENTS BEGIN ELITE ALLTECH GRADUATE PROGRAM
Dec. 4, 2012
Source: Alltech news release
The future leaders of agribusiness have arrived. The Alltech Graduate Program kicked off last week with the arrival of the 21 graduates, selected from more than 1,500 applicants, from all corners of the world including the UK, Ireland, India, Estonia, Canada and the USA, at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland. Eight of the 21 graduates are from North America:
Danielle Palmer, University of Kentucky
Colin Richardson, University of Guelph
Rebecca Noble, University of Kentucky and the London School of Economics & Political Science
Ashley Hamilton Baker, University of Auburn and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Daniel Grubb, Georgetown College
Philip Hardy, St. Andrews University
Bethany Brashears, University of Kentucky
Carly Borel, Texas A&M University
Graduates will attend two weeks of training and lectures in Alltech's facility in Dunboyne, including presentations from staff in the facility, lectures from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and talks from Alltech's vice presidents and directors. Following this, the graduates will be flown to Alltech's corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky., for another week of training.
They will be placed in one of Alltech's 128 global offices to spend their remaining year working on projects in the areas of animal science, aquaculture, crop science and Alltech's consumer brands.
The graduates' goals and interests are as varied as their backgrounds:
"My goal is to... learn the skills to launch a business," said Chetna Chada, a graduate of Greenwich University, London, originally from India.
William Dracott from Kent in the United Kingdom and a graduate of Durham University said, "I'm not from a business background; my degree is in zoology so I'd like to learn how to apply that to a business career."
"I'm already a chemist, but I need to know how to network with business people and learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur. My undergraduate research was in algae so I'm hoping to work in that area in the future," explained Daniel Grubb from Georgetown College in Kentucky.
Steve Bourne, vice president of Alltech and head of the Alltech Graduate Program, welcomed the new graduates.
"I am so proud of what this program has already accomplished. Here in Dunboyne, Ireland, we have 21 of the most eager and talented young people in the world, ready to lend their skills and creativity to cutting edge projects," said Bourne. "In return, we will offer these graduates unprecedented access to the best that Alltech has to offer, expanding their knowledge and experience in every way that we can. We have always put great emphasis on developing new talent, and the development and training of these graduates will be no exception."
Frank Bradley of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland, was also present to meet the graduates.
"I am thrilled to be a part of this program, where graduates from around the world will have the chance to further their education by undertaking entrepreneurial, commercial projects on a global scale with their new colleagues in Alltech. The combination of their university education and real world experience will stand to the graduates for the duration of their career and will provide them with a unique opportunity for personal and professional development," said Bradley.