P-TECH adds more choice

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P-TECH allows students to develop hands on experience.

The P-TECH Program at Newcomb Secondary College has continued to grow during 2019 with the addition of a number of new key Geelong industry partners and new streams of study being offered to students.

Along with laboratory skills, IT and business the program now offers automotive studies (motor mechanics) as an option. Engineering is expected to be offered in 2020.

The P-TECH program focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) prepares students to navigate the “education to work” transition earlier than is typical. Students in years 10 and 11 can choose P-TECH as a subject. Students also study a Vet in Schools Certificate and work regularly with their very own mentor in a workplace environment whilst completing their VCE or VCAL certificate. This innovative approach to learning, with hands on workplace experience, enables students to gain a formal qualification in an industry of growth in the Geelong area and beyond.

Year 10 student Jake Baker is in his first year of a two year Certificate III in Laboratory Skills at the Gordon TAFE. On a regular basis Jake works with his own industry mentors – thanks to the ongoing support of Australian Laboratory Services in South Geelong. Jake has the opportunity to attend the laboratory on different days where he gets to work in chemistry, biology and micro biology laboratories and attend field trips with his mentors.

Enquiries regarding this innovative program can be directed to Newcomb Secondary College via www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au or phone 52481400.

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