Robinvale's Rose Rogers talks benefits of Nexus program

Local student Rose Rogers recently met with the Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Skills and Tafe and Regional Development during a visit to the Mildura Campus.

Rose, who is completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) as part of the Nexus program, said the meeting was a great opportunity to talk about the future of education.

"I had a very positive and inspiring encounter with The Hon. Gayle Tierney. I felt heard and acknowledged, as these experiences can be truly empowering, especially for a student,” she said.

Nexus is an innovative pathway into teaching that enables teaching students to gain practical experience in a school setting while completing a Master of Teaching. The program also offers a close community of practice including academic support, school mentors and professional development in social justice areas.

“The opportunity to express my thoughts about a matter as critical as the future of education to someone of such influence is indeed a unique experience and it fuelled my dedication to becoming a teacher of social justice, which is what the Nexus program is all about,” Rose said.

Rose is currently in her first year of studies and is working in an Education Support role at Robinvale College.

“The Nexus program is a brilliant innovation, and it has provided me a combination of theory and practice that allows aspiring teachers like me to have a profound and impactful learning experience.”

“To experience working in the classroom while studying to become a teacher ensures graduates are well equipped for the realities of teaching and taking into account the complexities and dynamics associated with teaching in a real-life setting,” she said.

The Nexus program has recently expanded to include the Master of Teaching (Primary), opening the opportunity for aspiring primary school teachers to gain practical paid experience while completing their studies.

For more information about the Nexus program