7 December 2021
An alternative education program designed to inspire disengaged youth to get back into learning has led to positive outcomes for all the students who took part this semester.
The free program, Stepping Stones, funded by the Department of Justice and delivered with assistance from our lecturers, is run at the Midland Police and Community Youth Centre (PCYC) and has been developed for students in Years 11 and 12 to help boost their literacy and numeracy, life skills, employability and self-confidence.
The program is tailored to students who thrive in learning environments that differ from mainstream schooling. Course material is heavily influenced by the students’ interests, with past subject areas including sport, clothing brands, cryptocurrency and cooking.
Throughout the program, PCYC trainers hoped to identify issues that may have caused students to disengage from school in the first place, while also addressing any future barriers to learning that could impact their long-term success.
Trainers also act as mentors, encouraging students to make positive life choices and help them find the confidence to pursue further education, training or employment.
After completing the course, students received a (22472VIC) Certificate I in General Education for Adults and are now looking forward to progressing into further training with us in Semester 1, 2022.
More details about the program are available at PCYC's website: