Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled model at Federation College is designed by the College’s leadership team and its industry partner, IBM, to suit local circumstances. As a school within Federation University Australia, the introduction of a P-TECH styled model at Federation College is providing an opportunity for young people who are seeking an education outside the traditional mainstream secondary school system to undertake an industry supported pathway to a diploma, advanced diploma or degree.
Commencing in 2016, students at Federation College who are participating in the P-TECH styled model are taking part in a range of industry supported learning experiences that extend their education beyond the classroom. This includes opportunities to engage in hands-on, project-based activities alongside IBM mentors, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences are helping students to better understand the relevance of their learning to jobs and post-school pathways. In subsequent years, and with support from IBM, students will have the opportunity to pursue more formal STEM training as part of a nationally recognised qualification while also undertaking their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
With ongoing support from their industry mentor, and established connections with IBM, P-TECH students can now extend their study to achieve a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or degree. Participating in the program is building students’ interest and skills in STEM and improving their understanding of the range of STEM related education, training and employment pathways that are available. Students are supported to develop the technical and personal skills they need to complete their studies and make a successful transition to further study or work.
Students participating in the P-TECH styled model study regular secondary school subjects such as English and mathematics, while also undertaking an advanced STEM Learning Program with support from community based industry partners.
Learn more about the P-TECH styled model at Federation College here
To watch a welcome message to Federation College students from Brooklyn P-TECH founding principal, click here.
Ballarat P-TECH Australia Industry Partner
Hear a from U.S P-TECH student, Janiel Richards who graduated from P-TECH Brooklyn ahead of schedule. She joins a number of other students who have started work at IBM. In the coming month, the number of students to graduate from P-TECH Brooklyn, 1-2 years early will exceed 3 dozen. Read her story here
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