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Monday September 28, 2009

Local students experience UB

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Year 10 students from schools across Western Victoria were on-campus at the University of Ballarat in August and September, experiencing university life and study as part of an innovative new program.

The students experienced a taste of university classes, attended workshops about personal strengths and goals, and had the chance to chat with current UB students, academic and student support staff over an informal barbecue lunch. Three University Days were held, with students finding their way around the campus in an ‘Amazing Race’ as part of each day’s activities.

Local students who participated in the program came from Ballarat Secondary College East and Wendouree Campuses, Sebastopol College, Mount Clear College and Daylesford Secondary College.

Barbara Webb, the University’s Equity Manager, said this was the first year that UB had run the University Days as an additional part of UB’s Regional Schools Outreach Program.

“Our goal is to increase participation in university education by having our staff and UB students talk directly with Year 10 and 11 students in their own schools – where we travel to secondary schools across Western Victoria,” Ms Webb said.

“This year it is exciting to be able to bring some of those students here, to show regional students that the transition into university or TAFE is supportive and achievable.”

The Regional Schools Outreach Program works with 47 secondary schools across Western Victoria, encouraging students to consider Higher Education or TAFE by providing them with information that removes barriers and highlights the many benefits of a university education.

Any enquiries regarding the Regional Schools Outreach Program can be directed to Sue-Anne Garcian, Regional Schools Outreach Coordinator, on 5327 6219 or at outreach@ballarat.edu.au.

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