Four TAFE Western Bathurst College TVET Community Services and Welfare students have played a significant role in attempting to re-engage and inspire a number of Kelso High School students during a special pilot program activity last month.
Bathurst TVET Coordinator Alicia Turley said students from Mackillop College - Monica Taylor, Brooke Haynes, Meg Miller and Emily Woods - hosted eight Kelso High students on August 17, with the program encouraging the visitors to consider coming to TAFE.
“The Community Services and Welfare students and teacher Michelle Warn hosted the Kelso High students, giving them a tour of the Bathurst College using a treasure hunt format,” Ms Turley said.
“The purpose of the exercise was to introduce the students to the possibilities that TAFE, and TVET specifically, will open up to them in terms of their educational experience and vocational outcomes.
“It gave the Kelso students an opportunity to see first-hand some of our teaching sections and the opportunity to speak to teachers about the different courses available.
“The feedback from the school was overwhelmingly positive and it was a wonderful experience for the participating TVET students.
“The activity is another example of the positive way in which TVET programs act to engage students in their school pathway and also flow into our mainstream courses as students continue their learning after school in their chosen vocational areas.”
Ms Turley said this program was an example of the value of the work TVET coordinators contribute to TAFE Western, helping develop strong networks with local schools and community engagement for future learners.