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Friday, 4 August 2017

SPECIALIST EDUCATOR TO HEAD UP BENDIGO TECH SCHOOL

Designer and specialist educator Graeme Wiggins has been appointed Director of the Bendigo Tech School and will take up his new role in September.

The new Tech School, will open in mid-2018, and will be based at La Trobe University’s new Engineering Building. It is one of 10 new Tech Schools being built under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative.

Students from 14 Government, Catholic and Independent partnering secondary schools in Bendigo will have access to cutting edge learning at the new Tech School.

Mr Wiggins is currently Head of Art, Design and Technology at Canberra Grammar School. He is an award-winning designer and specialist educator with experience in both the public and private sectors and who is passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education.

The Bendigo Tech School will be a high-tech learning environment, with innovative education programs, linked with local industry and the Victorian Curriculum, delivering real world learning to students.

It will have a focus on medical technology and pharmaceuticals, new energy technologies, food and fibre, and transport, defence and construction technologies.

Tech Schools form part of the Labor Government’s Education State targets to boost performances in STEM, including a 25 per cent increase in Year 9 students attaining highest achievement levels in maths and 33 per cent more reaching highest levels in science.

The Labor Government has committed $2.5 billion to build the Education State, to ensure access to quality education and quality facilities for all Victorian students.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“This is an important step forward as we work towards the opening of the Tech School next year.”

“This will give thousands of kids the best possible opportunity to get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo East Maree Edwards

“We are building the Education State and that means we need to give our students every opportunity to succeed.”

Students in Bendigo will have a learning centre on their doorstep that will help them be ready for the jobs of the 21st century.”

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