We are very lucky here at St Dominic’s Catholic College to be able to run a Secondary Tertiary Partnership programme which we call Pathways. This means that we receive funding from the government to send some of our students to tertiary programmes at Private training providers or Polytechnics for one day a week. The students combine these programmes with their normal school timetable. ‘Pathways’ is also selected as a timetabled subject. This means students get the chance to achieve NCEA Level 2 or 3 while also trying out tertiary courses and gaining credits towards future study. This year we have the following courses available:
Information Technology (computers)
Health and the Community
Sport and Recreation
Uniformed Services (Police and Defence Force)
Environmental and Animal Sciences
Carpentry and Construction
The students also complete Unit Standards in Health and Safety in the workplace prior to attending their tertiary courses. A day-in-the-life of a tertiary experience is one where our hospitality students will be focussing on cooking meals with seafood and eggs, our Sport and Services students will be navigating a high ropes course, our IT students will be learning about databases and spreadsheets and our Healthcare students will be learning about nursing, care of children and the elderly, psychology and mental health/well-being.