Year 11 and 12 students from Edward John Eyre High School, local and regional schools visited TAFE SA last week for two Orientation days, where they were given a taste of the courses available.
A total of 11 courses were run on the day, including Media,Health Services Assistance, Automotive Servicing and Certificate III in Fitness.
EJEHS Principal, Tim Kloeden said it was a great opportunity for students to engage in face to face programs.
“When a lot of these kids want to engage in these types of courses they often have to do it online, and by bringing them all together we could offer them face-to-face engagement,” he said.
“I think the really exciting thing about it is that we have kids coming from Hawker, Ceduna, Kimba and Port Augusta that are all accessing these face-to-face programs.
“These students have all identified a particular industry as a potential pathway for when they leave school, so theCertificate II and III courses that they are undertaking will help support their SACE, but also support a University Admissions Rank.
“That will then support them making their transition, not just from school to a pathway to TAFE, but also a pathway into university, so it’s moving beyond the traditional system.”
Mr Kloeden noted that nursing was a popular program that students could become involved in through the process.
“They can do a Certificate III in Individual Support and that will count for their ATAR score to go study nursing at one of the universities,” he said.
TAFE SA Regional Manager, Richard Horgan said school students were a very important part of TAFE’s structure.
“To have students making decisions about career paths at a younger age really helps them in their transition in school to employment, university, or further vocational study,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to have so many school students here at TAFE, there’s been a lot of work in making this all come together on behalf of the school, it’s a pretty exciting day for us as well.”