Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled learning program at Newcomb Secondary College has been designed by the school’s leadership team and local education, industry and community partners to suit local circumstances.
In the P-TECH model, local employers partner with schools, TAFEs/RTOs and universities to strengthen students’ prospects of a successful transition to work by ensuring they develop the technical and personal skills employers are looking for.
The Newcomb Secondary College P-TECH partnership commenced in January 2016, introducing an innovative P-TECH styled skills-based program and providing an industry supported pathway for students to achieve a post-school qualification in an area of growing employment demand. Newcomb Secondary College is working collaboratively with other education and training providers and a number of locally-based employer partners including Barwon Health, Bendigo Bank, GMHBA, Tribal and Opteon Property Group, Victorian BioScience Education Centre (BioLAB), Analytics Microlab, City of Greater Geelong, and Royal Geelong Yacht Club,
P-TECH was enthusiastically received by students, parents and local stakeholders in its first year of operation, with around 70 Year 9 students participating in the P-TECH introductory year. 34 of these students have chosen to pursue a dedicated P-TECH stream in 2017. At the same time, a new cohort of Year 9 students will be undertaking a P-TECH introductory program.
To prepare its students for the world beyond school, all Year 9 students at Newcomb Secondary College participate in a range of industry supported learning experiences that extend their education beyond the classroom. This includes opportunities to connect and build relationships with industry partners, and engage in hands-on, project-based activities, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences help students to better understand the relevance of their learning to jobs and post-school pathways.
In 2017, students undertaking the second year of the P-TECH program were supported by industry partners and mentors to pursue formal STEM training as part of a nationally recognised qualification, while also undertaking their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
With ongoing support from their industry mentor, and established connections with Newcomb’s industry partners, P-TECH students will have access to opportunities to extend their study beyond secondary school. This will likely involve students transitioning to a post-school education institution to achieve a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. The P-TECH program continues to build students’ interest and skills in STEM and improve their understanding of the range of STEM related education, training and employment pathways that are available. The program is structured to develop the technical and personal skills students need to succeed at school and make a successful transition to further study and work beyond school.
The Geelong P-TECH partnership is continuing to evolve with new partners signing up for 2018. The partnership’s Steering Committee is chaired by Newcomb Secondary College’s Principal, and the P-TECH learning program is operating sustainably within existing school and partnership resources.
Learn more about the P-TECH styled model at Newcomb Secondary College here
View video of the Newcomb P-TECH Program here
To watch a welcome message to Newcomb College students from Brooklyn P-TECH founding principal, click here.
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