Fraser Coast Tech Hub at St Mary's College

​​​From 2018, St Mary’s College will offer a Tech Hub for senior students on the Fraser Coast. Students from various schools in the region have enrolled in the Certificate III Information, Digital Media and Technology (Networking) course starting next year. Successful completion of the course will give students direct entry into a Bachelor of Web Design and Production, and a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Design courses at the new University of Canberra campus at Southbank in Brisbane. The course will be offered at St Mary’s College campus which has excellent facilities offering all of the latest technology. Students will be supported by a qualified IT teacher. According to teacher Phil McGahan “St Mary’s College has a very positive relationship with all Queensland universities and we aim to provide our senior students with an array of opportunities in the senior curriculum. This is a course that not only will provide a direct entry into university courses but will also equip students with the necessary skills required in the 21st century workplace”.

These courses are open to all senior students on the Fraser Coast. Currently there are students enrolled from St Mary’s, St James Lutheran College, Aldridge SHS and Xavier College. This is the first time a Queensland school has offered a Tech Hub for students from various schools to attend at the same time. 

Other courses offered at St Mary’s College include Certificate IV in Crime and Justice, Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care, Certificate III in Information, Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, Certificate II in Hospitality, Certificate II in Infrastructure and Resourcing (Work Preparation), and Certificate II in Tourism. “Completing the Certificate IV course in Crime and Justice has been advantageous for me as I am interested in the legal system and how it works and I also get 8 QCE points. It is also great to have the opportunity to get a direct entry into the Bachelor of Criminology course at the University of Sunshine Coast”. Year 12 student Tajanna Parmenter.

The College has its own dedicated Pathways Centre which assist students in their future life choices. It also has close partnerships with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) University of Technology (UT), University of Queensland (UQ), Australian Catholic University (ACU) and University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) universities, enabling students to gain access to participate in various programs and courses as well as visits. At UQ students are invited to enter the Science Ambassador Program, Young Scholars Program and Year 12 campus visits. At QUT students can participate in STEM Camps, Camus visits and Indigenous Entry Programs. At ACU an Early Achievers Program, Campus visits and Bonus Scheme Programs for University Entrance are offered. CQU offers Camus Visits, Presentations, University Experience Day and a Titration Competition. USC offers Early Offer Guarantee Program for Year 12 students, University Experience Days, Campus visits and a Leaders Program for St Mary’s College students. St Mary’s currently has five Year 12 students with direct entry into different universities after passing head start courses in Engineering, Psychology, Education, Nursing and the Arts. 

“Completing a University Head Start subject in Engineering in Year 11 enabled me to achieve outstanding results in my Senior Physics class this year. It is also good knowing that I have direct entry into an Engineering course at the university.” Year 12 student Greta Stephensen.

There has been a concern lately that Fraser Coast senior students have not been achieving as well as their city counterparts. Staff at St Mary’s College believe that there are many students who are succeeding in their chosen areas and are pursuing post schooling pathways to success. This is very encouraging news for our region as more opportunities are becoming available for our youth to succeed in life. The new Tech Hub at St Mary’s will be a great asset for the region’s students who are keen to make headways in a modern technological age.