Community engagement

Man working on a project

We work actively to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the wider community. Community includes local employment service providers, high schools, community colleges, health services, other faculties within the University and other community organisations.

We also deliver VET and general education programs at Hopkins Correctional Centre (Ararat) and Langi Kal Kal. (See our Corrections page for further information).

By engaging with the wider community we can continue to develop 'pathway' programs that meet the needs of all our student cohorts.

In partnership with Pinnacle Support Services we run three programs concentrating on language, literacy, oral communication and numeracy. These programs are contextualised around the learning interests of the students. The working partnership of specialist teachers and disability support workers combine well to develop an education program meeting the specific needs of the students.

Our staff are actively engaged in the communities they live in and serve on boards and committees. They volunteer their time and expertise in a number of ways for community organisations.

Our students engage with enriched learning that involves close interaction with the wider community.

Past activities

Examples of how we engage with our community:

  • Organising and participating in the Relay for Life with Mount Clear Primary School students
  • Engaging in an art program with clients from McCallum Industries
  • Hosting a visitation for Japanese students from Fukui Kosen Secondary School
  • Organising activities in the libraries at Bacchus Marsh and Maryborough for Literacy week.
  • Exhibiting student artwork in the Post Office Gallery in Ballarat during NAIDOC week