Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong,
City of Casey and Cardinia Shire
Alternate Education and Learning
AMES Australia (Noble Park)
AMES Youth Program delivers the Adult Migrant English Program customised to the needs and interest of newly arrived culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and refugee background young people 18-25 years old. It is facilitated by specialist youth teachers and pathway youth counsellors. Participants will learn English with young people, study topics of interest to youth, improve computer and internet skills, prepare for study at TAFE / university, practice skills Australian employers need, gain opportunities for community involvement and combine classroom learning with applied learning opportunities, e.g. Ucan2, Job Club, Creative Arts, youth camp, sport, Aussie cooking, cyber safety, roadsafe.
Our Learn English courses will help you gain the confidence and skills needed for further education and training , finding a job or simply learning to converse in English for day-to-day life in Australia.
Connections is for students who are not quite ready to enter Pre-Cal or VCAL. Some students may have become disengaged and not been at school for some time. This intense program is one term in length and designed to prepare that person to move on with their education. Please speak to reception to arrange an interview.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning - Pre-Cal/Foundation
Pre-Cal is an integrated program with a 'work ready' focus, which can be modified for both year 9 and year 10 students. This program will prepare the students to move into either:
• VCAL at a mainstream school or at Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre
• Employment, including apprenticeships or traineeships
• VCE at either mainstream school or TAFE Please speak to reception to arrange an interview.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning - Intermediate/Senior
VCAL is a hands-on option for students and gives practical work related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills. The class builds on personal skills that are important for life and work. VCAL aims to develop skills that help young people get ready for further education, training or employment. VCAL is an accredited secondary school certificate. All prospective students must have an interview with the VCAL Coordinator. Please speak to reception to arrange an interview.
Operation Newstart Casey provide personal development programs for young people considered ‘at risk’ of disengaging from education. Participants aged between 13 – 16 years of age, who are enrolled in partner secondary colleges from Casey and Cardinia are referred via school teaching staff. Operation Newstart Casey programs typically involve a variety of life skills, community engagement and adventure based activities delivered by DET education, YSAS and headspace staff.
The objective of the automotive taster course is to make people of all ages (particularly "at-risk" youth) ready to enter a workplace in the automotive industry. The course covers the areas of both basic mechanic work and panel beating. Learners have access to an actual workshop and are offered an experience that simulates a real workplace environment, all the while teaching them skills that are invaluable in the field and can improve lifestyle in general - not only the technical skills of the professions, but also interpersonal skills, and helping them understand and manage responsibilities.
Non-accredited courses in Basic Computer and Business Administration Computer classes and workshops in iPad/Tablet. (These courses will be available in early 2016, please refer to our website for updated information.) These daytime courses run during school terms one day per week for eight weeks.
The Berry Street School is a specialist independent secondary (Years 7 - 12) school. We work from a model of Trauma-Informed Positive Education, which encompasses a structured vision of wellbeing in the school and therapeutic principles of teaching and learning. Due to traumatic experiences, our students often have significant gaps in academic achievement and have found it difficult to learn in a group setting, presenting with behavioural and social problems in school. The Berry Street School provides students with an individual education plan encompassing holistic support and offering intensive literacy, numeracy and personal development programs.
Learning for Life provides the support of a worker focussed on educational outcomes for young people throughout their early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education. A financial scholarship is provided for educational expenses. Literacy and numeracy programs are provided to partner schools and local communities, as well as mentoring opportunities. We aim to have attendance rates at 90% for all our students, retain them at school to Year 10 and into Year 12 and have them on pathways to higher education or work beyond Year 12.
The Centre is able to provide pathways for those who are pursuing a career, change of job or going on to further their education at MPLCC (Merinda Park Learning and Community Centre) or at other educational providers.
The Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL) was devised to fill the need for a Year 11 & 12 course which suited all those students for whom the VCE, as a pathway to higher education, was too narrow.
The VCAL Certificate aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable students to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education.
Personal development, the utilization of a student's particular interests, and new pathways for senior secondary students, in the context of applied learning are underpinning principles of the VCAL Certificate.