Geelong Advertiser | 26 May 2015 |
by Danny Lannen.
An inspirational example from New York has highlighted the potential for Geelong’s pilot P-Tech college. Committee for Geelong chairman Dan Simmonds and Skilling Australia Foundation chief executive Nicholas Wyman visited the Brooklyn campus that has pioneered the Pathways in Technology model in the US.
Australia’s first P-Tech college will be established in Geelong next year to teach young people facing unemployment technical subjects, including computer programming and
graphics, and problem solving courses.
Technology giant IBM will be involved in a mentoring role. Mr Simmonds said while the Geelong college would be different to the Brooklyn campus, the New York model had provided ideas on how to equip people with ‘real world’ skills.
“What it is showing is it is providing an appropriate and stimulating environment and a pathway to potential employment.” Mr Simmonds said.
“This system is working to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and that is their target market.”
He said student engagement, retention and achievement at the New York campus were impressive.
“If the sort of success I saw can be replicated, I think it’s a very exciting program” he said.
“This program will help assist student’s who wouldn’t otherwise get access to this type of different forms of education and specific training, and therefore provides another pathway into employment.”
The Federal Government said Geelong would have one of two P-Tech schools to be established under an industry and competitiveness agenda to increase skilled labour.