Rutherglen High School is among eight schools who will receive a Lynne Kosky Memorial Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Grant.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the grants provide important financial support to the selected VCAL providers to develop outstanding learning initiatives for their students that involve strong community participation.

The grants acknowledge the outstanding contribution made to education and training in Victoria by Lynne Kosky, the former Victorian Education Minister, who passed away in December 2014.

Each recipient will receive a grant of $6,250 to implement their respective learning initiative during 2020.

Rutherglen High School VCAL students will use the grant to research, develop and promote a community based art history trail. The students will create the trail, which would allow individuals and groups to take self-tours of Rutherglen to locate historical, cultural and current information about the former gold rush town. The students would come up with the concept for the trail, produce the marketing material and signage, as well as work with local arts and information groups in order to implement their project.

The aim of the grants is to provide support to VCAL providers to implement an initiative that will extend student progress and attainment in their VCAL studies, increase VCAL student opportunities for lifelong learning, enhance VCAL student opportunities for community engagement and engage them in the various stages of the initiative from design through to the end.

VCAL is a hands-on option for students in Years 11 and 12. It provides students with practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.

The Victorian Government has invested $109 million over four years to redesign career education, to help students make better career and pathway decisions, and to meet business and industry needs.

The Government is also investing $25.9 million to improve students’ access to high-quality Vocational Education and Training as part of their senior secondary schooling.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Congratulations to Rutherglen High School on receiving a Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL grant which will provide an important financial stimulus for their school’s VCAL program.

“The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL grants support projects that allow students to gain skills essential to the workplace and to build strong links with industry and local community organisations.”

“VCAL provides important pathways to engage and retain students in applied learning that prepares them for future success in further education, training or employment.”