February 21st, 2013

LEAP Program Launch event

21 February 2013

Assisting students from low socio-economic status communities to increase their awareness and aspiration for higher education participation is a step closer after the launch of the Learn image of Hon. Sharon Bird MPExperience Access Professions (LEAP) Program and website.

On Thursday February 21st Charles La Trobe P-12 College played host to the formal launch of the LEAP Program at the Quantum Victoria facility.

The Honourable Sharon Bird MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, who attended to officially launch the program, spoke on the significance of the program’s objectives for young people in Victoria.

Guests also heard from LEAP Director John McDonald and Chair of the LEAP Steering Committee and driver behind the establishment of LEAP, Professor Sue Willis, Pro Vice Chancellor (Social Inclusion) of Monash University.

A noted highlight for many guests was hearing school students speak about their experiences of LEAP Program activities, and how they felt inspired to pursue their professional goals through higher education.

Year 10 student Chloe from Charles La Trobe College described her improved understanding of the range of professions that come within the broad area of ‘Engineering’ as well as a new comprehension of the links between Engineering and Science after attending an engineering event held by LEAP into…Engineering in December 2012.

image of studentRossa and Thameena, Year 10 students of Killester College spoke of the excitement of experiencing a behind-the-scenes tour of Dandenong Hospital during a LEAP into…Health’s Clinical Workshop, an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise had as they both consider careers in the Health profession.

Mornington Secondary College VCE students Mikaela and Olivia expressed how the world of university no longer seems intimidating, and that they can approach higher education with confidence after spending time on campus as part of LEAP into…Design’s Applied Drawing Summer School in January.

Guests also heard from LEAP into…Law Student Web Ambassador Ross Fitzpatrick, who cited a passion for inspiring students from LEAP priority schools as his motivation for getting involved with the program.

students practising CPRAfter the formal presentation guests were invited to experience to the LEAP showcase which featured activities and presentations lead by university staff and students from the Health, Design, Engineering and Law professions. Attendees got to try the LEAP into…Engineering’s Curiosity Bot Roving and LEAP into…Health’s CPR instruction.

 Guests included the LEAP Steering Committee, associates from LEAP partner institutions and School University Liaison Officers (SULOs) as well as principals and teachers from LEAP priority schools.

The LEAP Program now enters its full implementation phase, with activities running for all four current projects throughout 2013 and beyond.

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