New bond set to help students with options

A NEW partnership between three Bendigo education providers will broaden the aspirations of students wanting to pursue tertiary studies. 

La Trobe University, Bendigo TAFE and Bendigo Senior Secondary College has team up to deliver the Bendigo Tertiary Education Partnership - a program funded through the Regional Participation Facilitation Fund.

BSSC project manager Mark Zulian said funding for the project assisted La Trobe University redesign and deliver two new courses, Bendigo TAFE to develop more pathways with organisations and BSSC to establish a careers hub. 

"It's about increasing and broadening the aspirations of people to consider further education, whether it be at university or at TAFE," he said. 

"We want our kids to broaden their aspirations.

"Further education is not necessarily for everyone but we would like more people to at least consider it and see how it fits in with them.

"Clearly the opportunities are far greater for people with skills and training." 

Mr Zulian said 20 teaching staff participated in a two-day professional development program on Thursday and Friday. 

He said the two-day program targeted to help teaching staff with skills and personal development. 

Mr Zulian said teaching staff toured the new Student Services Hub.

He said the hub would provide a one-stop shop for careers information at BSSC while also acting as a location for other external organisations to operate. 

"BSSC, Bendigo TAFE and La Trobe University can all make use of the careers area, share information and learn from each other," he said. 

"It also means students can access any of these providers in the one place."

Mr Zulian said other schools were also looking at how the program could benefit them. 

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