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Bambuí, Brazil


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In the years 1949 and 1950 in rural Bambuí, some properties were donated, others purchased and still others as inappropriate, thus forming the Farm Varginha. On this farm they started the Tour of Agriculture in 1950 to the Ministry of Agriculture, which used the space for the multiplication of seeds, farm machinery loan and technical assistance to producers and Bambuí region. He was subordinate to the rank of the town of Painswick, which exists to this day. In 1956, they created the "Chamber of Agriculture Development in Minas Gerais, who began the course of Tractors.

According to the report of Edna Torres, a former teacher and widow of the first director Guy Tôrres the history of the campus began when Dr. John Bambuí Eliziário of Magellan, a top official of the Ministry of Agriculture, warned authorities and politicians Bambuí on a great opportunity. It was a middle school, which aims to teach vocational agriculture and livestock, which could be established from the Training Center of tractors from the Varginha.

This alert from Dr. Magalhaes was born then Bambuí Agricultural School, subject to the Superintendent of Agricultural and Veterinary Teaching and created by Law 3864 / A in 1961. Decree of creation, the school should use the dependencies of the Post and Agricultural Training Center of tractors, absorbing their land, improvements, machinery and tools.

On February 13, 1964, the School was transformed into Gym Agriculture Decree No. 53558 and on August 20 the "Year of Agriculture - 1968, Decree No. 63923 raised the Gym to the position of Agricultural College Bambuí, with the first director Guy Tôrres agronomist. The first lecture was given by Professor Antonio Chaves.

Students from the first class of the then Agricultural College Bambuí were Bicalho Antonio Mendoza, Antonio Enock Carvalho, Antonio Furtado de Souza, Antonio Mauro Ribeiro Lucindo, Avelino José de Andrade, Antonio Carlos de Matos, Danilo Lázaro Tadeo Bahia, José Delco Batista, Delmo Leon Garcia, Dezil Alves Ferreira, Francisco Gonçalves Teixeira Honorius, Geraldo Camilo de Souza Filho, Geraldo Cordoval Eustace, Geraldo Magela Lacerda, Getulio Ferreira Pedrosa Izaias Faria, José Martins Araiz, Eustaquio Jose dos Santos, Jose Felipe Sobrinho, Jose Geraldo da Silva, José Leite Maurílio, Lázaro José Chaves, Luiz Paulo de Carvalho, Magno de Oliveira Souza, Orestes Nogueira Gomes, Osmar Benvenuto da Silva, Paulo Mauricio Martins da Silva, Roosevelt Castoril da Silva, Rui Medeiros, Valdir Cardoso Junior, Vantuil Alves de Oliveira, Aparecida Martins Wagner, Wagner Rezende de Araújo, Flávio Wécio Cruvinel, Welington Passion Cruvinel, Marigel Wilson, Wilson Vaz da Silva.

In this initial phase, the College worked in the Training Center of the tractor and work of the Agricultural Station remained in harmony, even with the activities of the College.

Another school that worked with the Training Center was the "Rural School of Varginha," which offered elementary school from 1st to 4th grade.

"Learning to make and do to learn" was the motto for years, motivated students in sectoral activities and production, as farm produce needed to maintain the functioning of the institution.

Even at the time of the College, everyone felt the lack of a sports field, where they could play volleyball, basketball or soccer, but had not planned investments for the construction of athletic space. It was then, with guts and willpower, students and staff got hoes, cement and gravel and built a court in the year 1971 under the guidance of Professor Edna Torres, honoree, gave his name to the first built in the area of sports College.

Another dream of the pioneers of technical education in Bambuí was to assemble a band. To organize it, was held the first Festival of Music, College of Agricultural Bambuí - FECAB whose money raised would be invested in the purchase of band instruments. It was so successful that, beyond the amount needed to mount the fanfare, the festival has become a landmark artistic and cultural city and region, bringing the general public with the extraordinary participation of singer Tim Maia, one of the editions of the competition. Formed It was later a guitar orchestra, which appeared in Bambuí and region.

Also in 1971, built a bar in town called "Cê ki know" in order to raise funds for graduation. Students got the space with the City, in central city: a huge "ranch" of wood, bamboo and straw, made by the students themselves. By 1973, the "Cê ki know" was destroyed by fire, but returned to be built and operated for some time, leaving fond memories for both the college and for the city.

On September 4, 1979, Decree No. 83935 changed the designation of Agricultural College for School Agrotechnical Federal Bambuí - EAFBí, subject to the National Coordination of Agricultural Education - COAGRI. The institution ministered Farming Technician Course and supplementary course for Technician in milk and dairy products and agriculture.

The COAGRI actually came to create an environment capable of remaking the middle-level agricultural education. A whole context was created to offer better terms to the schools in the various sectors of education, especially regarding the quality of material and human resources, who transformed the aspect of teaching-learning process and hence the quality of professionals trained .

In 1986, it was extinguished and COAGRI Department of Education created the Second Degree - SESG. In 1990, this was transformed into the National Secretariat for Technological Education - Senet, in 1992 came to be called Department of Secondary and Technological Education - SEMTEC and finally in 2004 became the Department of Vocational Technology - SETEC .

The school was based on Agrotechnical trinomial Education - Work - Production, which was incorporated into the pedagogy of teaching and sought to dignify the work, to stimulate cooperation, to develop critical thinking, creativity and analysis process. Its main objective was to prepare the young to act in society and participate in the community, using the School-Finance System, so that students would work on an essential element to their training. This system was intended to prepare and train the technician to act as agent for service and production, meeting the needs of farmers, working to solve problems. This teaching methodology was intended to structure "that produces a school and a farm that educates, using two integrated processes that worked: Educational Production Units - UEP and the Cooperative School. Another change was the increased workload of the internship, 160 hours to 360 hours, according to Law 6.494/77.

In 1993, EAFBí was transformed into a federal agency, with autonomy for teaching, administrative and financial allocation in the federal budget itself, giving it greater dynamism. In 1997, the reform in professional education, the EAFBí, which formed only agricultural technicians with qualifications in Agriculture and Animal Science, it also began offering courses in the areas of Agribusiness and Information.

In 2001, the Programme of Expansion of Professional Education, the institution has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to build, equip, renovate and modernize facilities and laboratories, in addition to qualifying staff to offer courses within the standard and the reality of companies technologically advanced and employers of graduates.

The creation of new courses, new labs, infrastructure investment, revenue growth as a source of its own maintenance, together with the joint efforts of teachers, principals, students and employees, culminating in a project of transformation of the then School Agrotechnical in the Federal Center for Technological Education - CEFET, in 2002, with the course in Food Technology, the first top-level offered by the institution.

The institution has continued to make great achievements, such as the Fair Integrated Products Agribusiness - FIPA, which had its first edition in 2003, and participation in Project Rondon, from 2006. Through these actions, the proportion of local, state and national level is possible to realize the enormity of the efforts in the constant search for excellence.

And in December 2008, further extending the possibilities of technical education and technological developments, the Federal Institutes were created. Thus, the traditional school Bambuí was elevated to the position of campus of the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology Minas Gerais - IFMG. The central focus of this project is the federal government match those of educational institutions to federal universities.

Currently, the institution has a campus of 341 acres and about 70 million square feet under construction, which offer vocational courses in high school, undergraduate (Technology, and Bachelor Degree) and postgraduate level.

The institution has about 2000 students and a faculty composed of 110 teachers, and 117 servers in the administrative area and 93 contracted workers.

Technical courses and are offered at higher level headquarters in Bambuí, there is also offering technical courses at the units located in the cities of Piumhi and Oliveira, and the latter soon will have an area of 182 hectares, donated by the city.

At its headquarters and extensions, Bambuí Campus currently offers the following courses:

Technical Level:
Sugar and Alcohol
Health Management
Mechanics with emphasis on maintaining agricultural
Mechanics with emphasis on automotive maintenance
Animal Science

Undergraduate Level:
Bachelor in Business Administration
Bachelor of Agronomy
Bachelor of Animal Science
Bachelor of Production Engineering
Degree in Physics
Food Technology
Technology Analysis and Systems Development

Quality Control in Food Industry
Environmental Education
Youth and Adults (PROEJA)
Corporate Finance

From the year 2009, the Campus Bambuí, through the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel - CAPES, got bills passed that allowed the institution to offer master's and doctorate in equipping servers headcount.

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