VCAL Students celebrate awards
02 December 2016
ECG College at Warragul has celebrated 2016 with an awards ceremony to recognise students who have overcome challenges and achieved VCAL study success.
ECG College Head of School, Jamie Robertson, said it had been an outstanding year for the College which provides an option for young people from 15 to 20 years of age to complete senior secondary studies in a student centred hands-on learning environment.
“This year we have grown enrolments across the College to 115 and increased student completion rates and attendances.”
He said a number of students have gone on to employment, apprenticeships or will be returning to study next year to continue VCAL or go on to TAFE or University level study.”
Student of the Year awards were issued to Celeste Bognar (Foundation), Jeremy Burrows and Rachelle Dowling (Intermediate) and Georgia Mitchell (Senior) for consistently achieving in all areas and motivating other students.
Baw Baw Shire Council presented two awards from its Education Scholarships Fund to encourage students who have shown consistent effort despite facing obstacles to study.
Deputy Mayor Cr. Michaela Power presented the scholarships valued at $250 each to Dominque Mobourne-Sellings and Brenton Cutler.
Dominique said ECG College had helped him to improve his confidence, academic and work-related skills.
“I am about to start an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker and this place has given me the confidence and skills to have a go.”
Brenton Cutler said he enjoyed the College’s different approach to learning, variety of hands-on projects and work-related skills.
Effort and Improvement Awards were issued to Tasharna Hempenstall, Darrin Edwards-Hayes, Gemma Drake and Bianca Bickham.
Encouragement Awards issued to Dominique Mobourne-Sellings, Chaelene Hall, Matthew Hasan and Dhylan Burnett.
CCG Chief Executive Officer, Sue Geals, said the achievement of ECG College students is significant as many had struggled previously in a mainstream school.
“There are an increasing number of young people who are disengaging from school or training because the ‘one size fits all‘ approach doesn’t suit their learning style.
“We are pleased to be providing an option for young people to find their direction and complete a senior secondary qualification that combines real life literacy and numeracy, personal development and work-related skills directed to job pathways.”
ECG College is an independent secondary school established by Community College Gippsland at its Warragul McMillan campus. It offers an option for young people who have left school early or find it difficult to stay in a mainstream school to complete their senior secondary studies n VCAL Foundation, Intermediate or Senior studies.
ECG College operates campuses at Warragul, Pakenham and in Leongatha. For more information on ECG College go to: http://ccg.asn.au/ecg_college