Both institutions are middle-level schools which join the six which belong to the Alfredo Hirsch Schools Network, certifying ISO 9001/2008 standards with a project developed by the Bunge y Born Foundation and sponsored by Claudia Caraballo and Octavio Caraballo.
The Technical Agro-Industrial Institute of Monte Buey (ITAI) in the province of Córdoba and the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry School “Adolfo J. Zabala” from Bahia Blanca took part, alongside three other schools in 2010, in the second competition organized by the Alfredo Hirsch Project for Agricultural Education, an initiative driven by the Bunge y Born Foundation with support from Claudia Caraballo de Quentin and Octavio Caraballo, the grandchildren of Don Alfredo Hirsch.
Both heads and teachers from the schools selected took part in five two-day training sessions held every month in Buenos Aires about the Educational Quality Management System. They then dedicated themselves to drawing up their procedures manuals and the audits were carried out prior to certification.
Towards the end of November and the beginning of December this year, the ITAI in Monte Buey and the Agricultural College in Bahía Blanca were audited for quality by the certifying entity Det Norske Veritas, which recommended that the certificates be issued under Standard ISO 9001/2008.
Thus, two new schools join the Alfredo Hirsch Schools Network, which already has six schools to its credit which certified quality in 2009 and which renewed their certificates for Standards 9001/2008 for a further three years.
As has been the case since the launch of the project, once the certification has been achieved, the sponsor, through the Bunge y Born Foundation covers all the costs involved in maintaining the certification required for a further three years.
This innovative project was launched in 2007 by a call for bids from agricultural colleges and seeks to help each school taking part to improve its management under international standards, and that at the same time, these schools learn to be multipliers of the philosophy of quality. It should be noted that the Program covers the costs of travel, training, certification and the three-year maintenance plan for each school involved.