Alternative offered to Central Highlands students
THERE is no longer one set path to a good education.
Emerald's Alternative Learning Centre (ALC) recognises this and is giving disadvantaged students in the Central Highlands new educational opportunities.
Students who are disengaged with mainstream secondary education can finish Year 12 or get their Certificate II qualification through the ALC.
Emerald Neighbourhood Centre director Sherie McDonald said it depended on what each student wanted to do.
"Students can come to the facility to complete core language, literacy and numeracy," she said.
"Or they can do things like traineeships or apprenticeships."
The ALC has partnerships with Capricornia School of Distance Education, the Australian Agricultural College and Zero Harm Safety and Training.
Emerald Neighbourhood Centre will house the facility from March.
"The venue was chosen because some of our students may need to access other services to help with things like homelessness and social integration," she said.
"We can take as many as 40 students and still have places available."
Students will also be able to access career counselling and mentoring.
"If a student cannot make it through mainstream school, this is an option for them. It could be for someone who has a terminally ill parent needing care. This way the student can still get their education."
The ALC is funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment through the Community Learning Program. It aims to offer education and training outcomes focusing on local industry growth areas of agriculture, mining and resources, hospitality and civil construction.