** NEW ** Seymour Flexible Learning Centre: OPEN 2015 and taking enrolments
The Seymour Flexible Learning Centre is now taking enrolments for secondary aged students who would benefit from a flexible learning approach. This educational opportunity will support students from year 9 to 12 re-engage with learning in a supported environment, with modified timetable to suit the individual young person. Students can be from any area and will need to enrol through Wodonga Senior Secondary College as the enrolling school to attend the Seymour campus. Located at 50 Tallarook street the school is centrally located to be easily accessed by car, bus or train. Please call Don Gibbons 0419 481 754 at Seymour Flexible Learning Centre for more information or to discuss your needs.
Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Evaluations – SNAPSHOT DOCUMENT
In 2013 the Central Ranges LLEN completed six FLO program evaluations. Three in the Macedon Ranges and three in Mitchell.
Mitchell programs included:
- Euroa Community Education CentreFlexible Learning Options Program (in partnership with Broadford SC)
Certificate I, II and III General Education for Adults
- Broadford Secondary CollegePre-Cal Program
- Seymour CollegePre-Cal Program
Macedon Ranges programs included:
- Gisborne Secondary CollegeCONNECT Flexible Learning Options Program – Certificate I Vocational Preparation
- Macedon RangesSatellite VCAL (associated with Kyneton Secondary College) – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior VCAL Certificate
- Kyneton Community Learning CentreFlexible Learning Options Program – Certificate I Vocational Preparation
The Central Ranges LLEN is now releasing a snapshot document that summarising the themes of these six evaluations – to inform the future planning of new and ongoing FLO programs.
Flexible Learning Options are programs developed to support young people to engage in education and training as an alternative to mainstream schooling.
Flexible learning programs in our area include:
Kyneton Satellite VCAL
In 2004, the Central Ranges LLEN brokered a partnership to development a community-based partnership Vocational Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program to support young people who were not currently engaged in mainstream school. Kyneton Secondary College and Cobaw Community Health are the key partners in delivering a VCAL course at 73 Edgecomb Street, Kyneton. The program is supported by a Management committee which includes representatives from Kyneton Secondary College, Cobaw Community Health Service, Kyneton Community and Learning Centre and Central Ranges LLEN.
The Senior Secondary Certificate program is designed to support young people in the Macedon Ranges who are not enrolled in secondary school. This program has been very successful over an 10-year period, with a 71% completion or partial completion rate.
Plans are in pace to develop a junior program catering to Year 7-9’s in Macedon Ranges. The MYCAL program would support this younger cohort to re-engage in their education by focusing on applied learning, individualised teaching approaches, mentoring, and monitoring of progress. For more information contact Campus Manager/Program Coordinator Barry Van Weeghel on 54223819.
Schools, local community and health organisations, Council, and the many networks supporting young people in education and employment across Macedon Ranges, have recognised the importance of the provision of a range of options in Flexible Learning programs to cater for the differing needs of young people having trouble trouble engaging in mainstream education. They are increasingly working in collaboration to cross refer, coordinate services and partnerships for program delivery to enable a range of options to be supported. For example Kyneton Community and Learning Centre sits on the Satellite VCAL Management Committee. The FLO programs available include:
Kyneton Community and Learning Centre (KC&LC)
KC&LC is a not-for-profit community based Learn Local operating within a community development framework. It aims to meet community needs through community building activities, and the provision of services, and education and training programs. KC&LC is a Registered Training Organisation, and provides a range of nationally accredited courses.
Since 2012 KC&LC has been offering courses to a range of disengaged young people. In early 2012 KC&LC ran a Certificate I in Vocational Education specifically designed to cater for students above 15 who were disengaged from school. From mid 2012 to the present time the centre has enrolled a total of 34 students in the Certificate II in General Education for Adults and there are currently 14 students of school age enrolled in this program.
Certificate II in General Education for Adults
For those who have left school early or without achieving what they wanted. Aims to improve core skills of reading, writing and numeracy along with additional subjects relating to industry areas. Valuable for 15-17 year olds who have disengaged from school or who are at risk of disengaging and is tailored to individual learning needs. The course runs 3 days per week.
The course is running in 2014, for further information contact Kyneton Community Learning Centre.
In 2012, the Central Ranges LLEN undertook an evaluation of the program and found that it was successful in its goal to increase the re-engagement of disengaged young people in Macedon Ranges into an educational and/or career pathway. Seventy-seven per cent of those enrolled have re-engaged with education or a career pathway where they were previously disengaged from education, many for a long period of time.
Gisborne Secondary College – Connect Program
Connect targeted twelve Year 10 boys at high risk of disengaging through a two day a week program operating throughout Term 1 and 2 of 2013. Connect focussed on building self-esteem and re-engagement in learning through the wellbeing sessions, the delivery of Certificate I in Vocational Preparation, work placements, applied learning activities, and excursions.
The program was successful in keeping eleven of the twelve students engaged in learning. The majority continued their Year 10 studies and plans are in place for each of them to continue at the school, enter a School Based Apprenticeship or alternative education setting for 2014. Recommendations have been made that the Connect program continue in 2014.
Seymour Flexible Learning Centre: OPEN 2015 and taking enrolments
The Seymour Flexible Learning Centre is now taking enrolments for secondary aged students who would benefit from a flexible learning approach. This educational opportunity will support students from year 9 to 12 re-engage with learning in a supported environment, with modified timetable to suit the individual young person. Students can be from any area and will need to enrol through Wodonga Senior Secondary College as the enrolling school to attend the Seymour campus. Located at 50 Tallarook street the school is centrally located to be easily accessed by car, bus or train. Please call Sue Watson – 0419 481 754 at Seymour Flexible Learning Centre for more information or to discuss your needs.
Broadford Secondary College & Euroa Community Education Centre – CGEA program
Broadford Secondary College in partnership with Euroa Community Education Centre piloted in 2013 a Certificate of General Education for Adults course for students that were finding mainstream school challenging. The program was successful in its first year and plans are being made to continue the program in 2014. For more information please contract Broadford Secondary College Principal – David Mills on 03 5784 1200.
Broadford Secondary College – Pre-CAL program
Broadford Secondary College piloted a new (Pre-CAL) program for a group of Year 10 students to increase students work readiness skills in preparation for further training and employment. This program was developed in partnership with CVGT Workplace Learning Coordinator, Berry Street, Salvation Army, Mitchell Shire and Landcare. For further information contact Broadford Secondary College Careers and VET Coordinator – Bryan Dennis on 03 5784 1200.
Seymour College – Pre-CAL program
Seymour College piloted a new Pre-CAL program for a group of Year 10 students to increase their engagement and attainment at a year 10 level through delivering a Foundation level VCAL program. Seymour College worked in partnership with Berry Street and developed a program that aimed to meet the educational and wellbeing needs of students. The program was successful in increasing school retention and attendance and improving relationships between students and adult teachers. Seymour College is considering running this program in 2014. For more information contact Seymour College on 03 5771 1300.
Careers and Pathways (CAP) program
The CAP program is aimed at young people that are seeking to re-engage with education across the shires of Mitchell and Murrindindi. Berry Street, Training Division is delivering the training at their Seymour location and is offering opportunities to undertake industry certificates including coffee making, food handling, construction card and retail skills. The program includes industry tours and careers development activities.
To find out more contact Berry Street Seymour Office.
North East Publishing
North East Publishing is a not-for-profit, best-practice printing business that provides learning and development opportunities for regional youth, and disadvantaged people at our-purpose built training facility. Find out more about North East Publishing.
Access Yea Community Education (AYCE)
The AYCE program aims at providing education for students who, for a wide variety of reasons, are not enrolled at a school. In 1999 the school ran a pilot program attracting mainly students who had been up until that time home educated.
By the end of 2005, the program had extended to eight off-campus centres. The program is able to be suited to all age groups, including students who have left school before doing their VCE. It is a requirement that students are enrolled at a school in order for them to attempt their VCE, and this program gives students not attending mainstream school, the opportunity to access this qualification.
The program requires weekly attendance at the centre of choice and compulsory attendance two days a term at Yea High School from 10.00am-4.00pm in which students access a variety of programs and teacher support.
For more information contact Yea High School AYCE Program Manager – Annette Scales on 03 9758 6604.
Other training options
There are also other training providers that may be able to assist young people with short courses: