First 2018 School Experience Day at Wodonga TAFE a Hands-On Success!

First 2018 School Experience Day at Wodonga TAFE a Hands-On Success!

By Susan Burdett
21 Mar 2018
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As part of its community engagement strategy, Wodonga TAFE has stepped up its offerings to schools, with a series of ‘Schools Experience Days’ planned throughout 2018, where students and teachers are invited to attend the TAFE’s McKoy Street campus to take part in a series of hands-on, industry-simulated experiences.

The first School Experience Day was held last week, on Friday 16 March, with over 130 students and accompanying teachers arriving bright and early to take part. Students and teachers came from far and wide to the first day that was aimed at Year 11 and Year 12 students throughout north east Victoria. Schools taking up the invitation included Tallangatta Secondary College, Bright P-12, Myrtleford P-12, Corryong Secondary College, Rutherglen High, Catholic College Wodonga, Victory Lutheran College Wodonga, Wodonga Senior Secondary College, and the Flexible Learning Centre.

students on Experience Day in Health department

Students were able to visit many of the different departments at Wodonga TAFE’s main campus, from engineering, design, patisserie, health, to arboriculture and warehousing. Students rotated through various workshops on offer throughout the day, which gave them opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the industry areas directly from the course instructors at Wodonga TAFE.

students on Experience day in cookery department

The hands-on activities included experiencing how technology is used in health care to help people recover and adapt following injury or illness – where students were able to use health monitoring systems and test the allied health assistance aids within the health department. Students also made the most of creating and decorating delicious bite-size cake pops in the patisserie and cookery kitchen; designing and producing images using the latest design software in the graphic design department; along with testing themselves during a pneumatics activity and producing a design on the plasma cutter in the engineering department. Some lucky students even ‘learned the ropes’ of arboriculture and harnessed up and scaled a 20 metre tree!

students on Experience day in Arboriculture department

Schools Engagement Coordinator, Ms Kelly Dickins, said feedback from the day has been very positive. “All the activities were designed to give students a taste of what vocational educational training is like, encouraging them to consider their options and the possibilities at Wodonga TAFE after they have completed secondary college.”

“Students were very happy with the amount of hands-on activities they were able to be involved in throughout the day”, said Kelly, “We were pleased to be able to provide a range of first-hand experiences in a fun and easy-going environment, and are already looking forward to the next Experience Day to be held on 8 June.”

student on Experience day in Warehousing department