Students encouraged to go to university

Students from Wodonga Middle Years College will next week spend an afternoon at La Trobe University in Albury-Wodonga, getting to know the campus and the university environment as part of La Trobe’s Schools Partnership Program (SPP).

Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University Dr Guinever Threlkeld, Head of Campus at La Trobe Albury-Wodonga, says that the students’ visit to the campus is a key step in building an ongoing connection between local school students and La Trobe University.

‘The aim here is to encourage students to feel comfortable with and capable of going to university, through giving them a chance to become familiar with the campus environment,’ says Dr Threlkeld. 

‘The Schools Partnership Program works with schools in the region to support student learning and to really increase student awareness of their capacity to attend university.’

‘This is very important in assisting high school students to plan and prepare for their future education in the Albury-Wodonga community. We want local students to know about the world-class opportunities on their doorstep and to factor this into planning for their future,’ says Dr Threlkeld.

The SPP is working to support students who are part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Forty students from the Huon and Felltimber campuses of Wodonga Middle Years College are participating in the AVID program.

Kaye Harris, Senior Lecturer in Education at La Trobe University, says that the AVID program aims to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for university readiness and success in a global society.

‘AVID equips students in strategies of writing to learn, enquiry, collaboration, organisation, and reading to learn in all content areas of their school program,’ says Mrs Harris.

Students in the AVID program at Wodonga Middle Years College are supported by student tutors from La Trobe University. Mrs Harris says that the reciprocal benefits for students and tutors makes it a unique and valuable learning experience for those involved in AVID.

‘Local schools value the links with tertiary institutions as it enables them to demonstrate to students and their families some of the local opportunities that are available,’ says Mrs Harris.

‘The connection between schools and La Trobe University increases the possibility of making student aspiration a reality. Programs like AVID provide the necessary support to students so they can attend university after the school years, and achieve their potential.’

During the afternoon on campus, the students will be able to have a good look around the La Trobe campus, including inside some of the buildings. Mrs Harris and two students from the University will chat to students about the opportunities available to them at La Trobe in Albury-Wodonga.



What?    Year 8 AVID visit to La Trobe Albury-Wodonga
When?   Tuesday 30 April 2013, 1.30pm
Where?  The Hangar, La Trobe University, University Drive, Wodonga

Media contact: 

Suzi Macbeth
Communications Officer
T 03 9479 5353 | E

Kaye Harris
Senior Lecturer in Education, Albury-Wodonga
T 02 6024 9639 | M 0411 739 306 | E