Year 9 and 10 students to experience USC

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Year 9 and 10 students to experience USC


5 June 2012

5 June 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast has experienced a doubling in the number of local high school students who want to sample tertiary life.

More than 1,300 students from 26 schools will converge on USC’s Sippy Downs campus on Wednesday 6 June and Thursday 7 June for Experience USC Day, which is being held over two days instead of one this year to accommodate for the larger number of students.

USC External Relations Officer Tegan McFarland said previous Experience USC Days had attracted about 600-700 Year 9 and 10 students.

“What we have seen this year is an unprecedented level of interest from local high schools wanting their students to take part,” she said.

“The experience is a very valuable one for students who gain an insight into different industries and careers and how they can achieve their career goals.”

More than 30 workshops will be offered at the event in Business and Information Technology, Communication and Design, Education, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering.

Ms McFarland said each student was required to nominate to take part in two workshops, and the workshops in the area of health had proven most popular.

“The Nursing and Paramedic Science workshops were two of the quickest to reach maximum capacity this year,” she said.

“Most of the workshops are very hands-on for students. For example, they might build bicycles out of bamboo, ride a two-wheel Segway, or get messy at the early childhood workshops.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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