Re­gion’s schools to get ca­reer coun­sel­lor

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By EMMA MCBRYDE APN NEWS­DESK

SIX Bund­aberg re­gion state high schools have banded to­gether to suc­cess­fully con­vince the State Gov­ern­ment to give them half a mil­lion dol­lars for a ca­reer coun­sel­lor for lo­cal youths.

Bund­aberg State High School prin­ci­pal Karen McCord said lo­cal fam­i­lies could not af­ford to waste any money and this fund­ing would cover a ca­reer coun­sel­lor for three years and a pro­ject man­ager.

The pro­ject was one of only 21 granted to sec­ondary and spe­cial schools statewide. Ms McCord sub­mit­ted the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of her school plus Bund­aberg North State High, Gin Gin State High, Isis Dis­trict State High, Kep­nock State High and Rosedale State School.

She said the con­cept had been three years in the mak­ing and it would in­volve bring­ing lo­cal in­dus­tries on board.

But Ms McCord said it was most im­por­tant that stu­dents un­der­stood who they were and what em­ploy­ment suited them – not just what was avail­able when they headed into the work­force.

The pro­ject will be re­quired to de­velop a case study high­light­ing how it can be used across Queens­land’s state schools.

Ms McCord and Bund­aberg MP Leanne Don­ald­son cred­ited the plan for its col­lec­tive and re­gion-wide im­pact.

“It’s our col­lec­tive ap­proach that made the dif­fer­ence and that re­ally got us over the line,” Ms McCord said. “It’s a team ef­fort.” Ms Don­ald­son an­nounced the $500,000 in fund­ing from the Col­lab­o­ra­tion In­no­va­tion Fund early this week.

“Bund­aberg State High School will fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween schools, com­mu­nity and in­dus­try to en­hance stu­dents’ tran­si­tion from high school and en­hance their em­ploy­ment ca­pac­ity,” she said.

“The pro­ject will help stu­dents build an un­der­stand­ing of path­ways af­ter school in­clud­ing fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, trade train­ing or em­ploy­ment.”

Ms Don­ald­son said the projects that re­ceived fund­ing were judged to have the abil­ity to make a real dif­fer­ence to stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion. “We want to en­cour­age schools to in­vest in cre­ative and col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams de­signed to add fur­ther depth and qual­ity to the ed­u­ca­tion of­fered to their stu­dents.”

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