Bridging the school, uni gap

Melbourne students are travelling to Bendigo in what, for many, will be their first introduction to university life. 

Students will gain an insight into the scientific and medical fieldsThe visit is part of a La Trobe University program to encourage more students to think about taking up tertiary education.

High school students from Mill Park Secondary College and Reservoir High School will join students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College as part of Uni Bridges, a program that guarantees entry into tertiary education.

Uni Bridges is an initiative of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in partnership with La Trobe University, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Mill Park Secondary College and Reservoir High School.

The Uni Bridges program aims to address lower rates of school retention and university transfer for students that may have never considered university before and targets students that are often under-represented at university.

Dr Carolyn Malkin, La Trobe University Senior Advisor, Curriculum Bridges says this is an opportunity to showcase what the Bendigo Campus of La Trobe University offers future students, including some unique learning opportunities and the very latest facilities.

‘Students will experience practical activities within nursing, dentistry, and exercise physiology – all relevant to the student-selected theme of preventing and curing disease.’

‘It’s also a great opportunity for the students of BSSC to welcome their peers from metropolitan schools to their town and region.’

The two-day Bendigo Experience component is for Year 11 biology students from Mill Park, Reservoir and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

‘Through the Bendigo Experience, Year 11 biology students will immerse themselves in two days of activities including campus familiarisation, a visit to the Golden Dragon Museum, and social events.

‘The students will take part in three concurrent workshops around the theme of preventing and curing disease, which will be conducted in La Trobe Rural Health School’s state of the art nursing, oral health and dentistry, and exercise physiology facilities.’

Dr Malkin said the event follows the success of the pilot program conducted with the three schools over the past two years.

‘These two days will be informative, fun and a celebration. Participating students will learn about a potential pathway into university that they may embark upon whilst they are at school.

‘A ceremony on the second day will be a celebration for Bendigo Senior Secondary Students who have successfully completed the two-year Uni Bridges pilot program.

‘These students will be the first Uni Bridges cohort to have the option to enter La Trobe in 2014.’


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