New Tech School For Geelong One Step Closer
Students in Geelong are a step closer to a brand new Tech School that will give them the skills the need for the jobs of the future.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction on the new Geelong Tech School.
The Tech School will be hosted on The Gordon Institute of TAFE’s central campus on Fenwick Street, Geelong. It is part of a larger $20 million project at The Gordon including the Tech School, replacement of The Gordon library and internal and external refurbishment works.
18,000 students from 22 Geelong schools will access the Tech School throughout the year and enjoy specialised programs with a focus on industries predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth.
This includes professional, scientific and technical services, health and social assistance, transport, defence and construction industries.
It will mean students won’t have to travel far and wide to get a Tech School education – opening up new opportunities for young people in the local area.
The new Tech School, which is expected to be completed by mid-2018, will give students the skills they need for the jobs of the future. They will work on real-life problems that need to be solved using the latest technologies.
It is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of year nine students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths and a 33 per cent increase 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science.
More information on the Geelong Tech School can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/techschools/Pages/geelongtechschool.aspx
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“This Tech School is a milestone opportunity for over 18,000 students from 22 local schools.”
“From mid-2018 Geelong students will have access to leading edge technologies and the specialist expertise of staff from The Gordon.”
Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“We are delivering on our election promise and building first-rate education facilities that the entire community can be proud of. This Tech School will support more than forty jobs during construction.”