PBA has Big Impact on Careers
Plant Breeding Academy Training has a Big Impact on Career Development
March 11, 2011 A recent survey of UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduates shows that the program has a significant impact on both the employer and the graduate-employee. Graduates from the first two classes were surveyed with three statements measuring the impact of PBA on: 1) the contribution the graduates make to their organizations and 2) recognition they have received for their contributions. The graduates enthusiastically participated in the survey with more than 50% of them mailing in responses within the first 3 days of our inquiry.
Eighty-nine percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that they have become more productive employees in their respective organizations; 72.2% of respondents agree or strongly agree that the complexity of their tasks and duties have increased as a result of PBA training; more than 55% of the respondents experienced positive career changes in terms of promotion and salary.
Dr. Rale Gjuric, Education Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis reflects on the results of the survey and success of the program: “It is great to confirm that our graduates and their employers are benefiting from the training received through the PBA. It gives us a great satisfaction and sense of purpose. The recognition by the employers is another measure of industry satisfaction with the program. The European PBA Class I and PBA Class III are currently in progress, adding thirty more graduates by the end of 2012. With the success of the European program and anticipated expansion to Asia, we expect to have a total of over 100 PBA graduates by 2014.”
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a postgraduate program that teaches the fundamentals of plant breeding, genetics and statistics through lectures, discussion, and field trips to public and private breeding programs. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants attend six 6-day sessions in five countries. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.
Applications are now being accepted for the second class of the European Plant Breeding Academy beginning in October of 2011.