Class XVII of Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Ready for International TravelMon, 08 Feb 2016 17:46:21 CST
The 17th class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program (OALP) is packing their bags for their international travel experience. The 23 class members will travel this month to Vietnam and the Philippines. OALP Executive Director Dr. Edmond Bonjour said Vietnam is a thriving country to watch.
“Vietnam is very progressive right now,” Bonjour said. “They are trying to become a non-third world country by the year 2020. So, they are very aggressive in their marketing strategies and their exporting and importing systems.”
Vietnam is also among the 12 countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The capstone seminar will allow members to look at marketing systems, labor issues and how the government handles imports and exports. Bonjour said the international travel study experience will allow class members to gain a better understanding of how Oklahoma agriculture fits into the global picture.
The international study travel experience to Vietnam and the Philippines will mark the end of the two year educational program. During the 55 day program, class members participate in ten class seminars in the state of Oklahoma, an eight day tour of Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania and the international travel experience. The 17th class of OALP will graduate on April 2nd. To date, there are nearly 400 graduates of OALP.
The end of one class will also mark the start of recruiting for the 18th class of OALP. The first session will be held in late summer 2016 with graduation in April 2018. The application deadline is May first. You can find more information online and the Class XVIII application at oalp.okstate.edu.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviews OALP’s Edmond Bonjour. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to the full interview.
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