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Careers in ICT

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Kyabram P-12 Year 9 students enjoyed a day learning about the variety of careers in Information Communication Technology, including locally based careers. Six very different workshops demonstrated a wide range of ways ICT is used, from robotics and engineering, game design, hardware, artistic creativity, drones and technology as learning tools.

All the workshops were very hands on and students enjoyed using the equipment as they learnt about the careers and pathways involved. Mark Schumann from Advance Computing provided the keynote presentation at the start of the day, showcasing the software solutions Advance has created for local businesses using Microsoft tools. Workshop presenters were GO TAFE, La Trobe University, Campaspe Library Services, Advance Computing, Splatoon Cartoons and Goulburn Murray Water.

Student feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive, with a big shift in awareness of the career possibilities using ICT. Comments included –

  • That ICT covers a lot more then computer based stuff
  • There are heaps of levels and a big tree of opportunities in the ICT area
  • You need a licence to control a drone
  • That ICT is used in many different careers so you are not limited to one

July 2018

Campaspe Youth Partnerships

It’s been a busy few months in Youth Partnerships with a total of 77 young people across Kyabram and Echuca being involved in one of the following programs: Junior Park Rangers, Go with the FLO, MATES Youth Mentoring and I CAN Network mentoring.

Junior Park Rangers - at the Fauna Park

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Twelve Grade 5/6 students from Echuca Specialist School, Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College completed the 9 week program facilitated by Park Ranger, Tyrell Gilligan, at the Fauna Park. A Celebration Day was held on the final day when the students reflected on what they had achieved from their involvement in the program, which were improved self-confidence and speaking skills, teamwork and better knowledge of the animals. They had lots of fun and highlights included the koalas and reptiles, feeding the animals, the scavenger hunt, meeting new people and the hands on experience.

Fourteen students from Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College participated in the Go with the FLO 4 week program facilitated by Cheryl Sweeney. Guest speakers from the business community spoke about employer expectations in the work place. CCLLEN’s Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator presented on employability skills and resume and covering letter writing. This program is to prepare the student for an individualised Flexible learning Option (FLO) program which could include workplace options. This is to assist them to get back on track with their learning.

MATES Mentoring program

The MATES program has expanded to Echuca and we now have more community members trained up as Mentors. We currently have three mentors matched with Echuca College students, another three mentors working with Echuca Specialist School students and three in Kyabram. We are in the process of matching up students at St Joseph’s College, St Augustine’s College and Kyabram P-12 College with newly trained mentors.

The mentors and mentees meet weekly at the school which builds up a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. If you are interested in being a mentor and making a difference in the life of a young person please contact us at CCLLEN. You need to, be over 18 years old, able to commit to four hours of training, and can meet with your matched mentee for one hour a week during the school terms.  

The I CAN Network

Echuca

I CAN Network has come to Echuca.  In May, Chris Varney, CEO I CAN Network and Kate Andrews, I CAN Murray Goulburn Manager, presented the I CAN talk to all secondary students at St Joseph’s College, Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School on the one day and also ran a combined staff Professional Development session after school and a Parent Information Night in the evening.

The I CAN message has certainly got out there with 16 secondary students from the three schools participating in the Secondary Mentoring program which commenced in July. Already, after three sessions, the group has settled into the program, are mixing well and getting involved in the group activities.  The program is held at Bendigo TAFE Echuca Campus and facilitated by Network Leader Sally Smith and Mentor Bec Cheep on a Thursday.  

Kyabram

Kyabram is in their second year of I CAN with the secondary mentoring program half way through their 15 week program facilitated by Kate Andrews and Will Baum at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre. This group includes some mentees from last year’s program who are completing Stage 2 of the structured program and are training to be become future mentors.

‘The Imagination Club’ for Grade 3-6 students, run by Kate Andrews and Sally Smith at Kyabram, is proving popular with the 16 students with a ‘big imagination’.

All the mentoring programs follow a series of modules over 15 sessions to develop strong leadership and communication skills, teamwork, personal motivation and strengths, saying I CAN, planning and organising. The outcomes for participants include an increase in self-esteem, social connection, optimism and self-confidence.

I CAN Network has just celebrated its Fifth Birthday. Check out the website - https://icannetwork.com.au and facebook page ‘The I CAN Network’.

August 2018

Continuum of Need

Wellbeing co-ordinators from schools across our region attended a training session at the end of May on implementing the Continuum of Need tool. The tool is used both to map the needs of students on a continuum and provide contact details for support services.

Vanessa McCormick from St Arnaud P-12 College delivered the training session. St Arnaud has been using the tool for several years and the service agencies there meet every six weeks to ensure that vulnerable young people are appropriately supported. All students in St Arnaud are now mapped beginning at kindergarten. As needs are identified and supported the improvements for each student can also be mapped on the tool and any issues quickly addressed.

A service directory of Echuca agencies has been created by the CCLLEN and linked to the tool. A Kyabram version is currently being created. 

May 2018