BENDIGO’S La Trobe University campus will lead a project designed to boost education retention rates.
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall will launch the $2.4 million regional partnership project today.
The project will also involve Bendigo TAFE and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
Mr Hall said the initiative would significantly improve tertiary pathways by ensuring greater support and advice is provided for senior school students at more than 30 schools across the region.
“A key part of this project will be the development of the Pathways Education Hub, where Year 10, 11 and 12 students will be able to access targeted advice on the education options that are open to them,” Mr Hall said.
“There will also be increased emphasis on agriculture and early childhood studies, because these are skills that are in high demand in the Loddon Mallee region.
“Students will be able to move from school to TAFE and university in these subject areas in a much more flexible way, ensuring that those who are interested in gaining further qualifications can access the training they are looking for.”
Mr Hall said about 25 students were expected to enrol in La Trobe University’s revitalised agriculture and early childhood learning programs in Bendigo in the project’s initial intakes in 2014, with an expected 65 enrolments by mid-2015.
The project is also expected to boost enrolments in other subject areas by motivating students to consider further study.
Mr Hall said the Partnerships for Participation project was one of 15 successful projects to share in $20 million in RPFF funding.
“With a total value of $41.5 million, all 15 RPFF projects have made excellent progress so far.
“Over the next three years we expect more than 2500 enrolments in higher education qualifications across all 48 of our regional local government areas.”