These programs focus on developing relationships with primary schools, high schools and other universities. They deliver educational sessions, material and events.
Aspirations programs aim to:
Continue to support engaging students in their education by developing the academic skills necessary for university entrance
Offer several innovative and engaging online programs to develop students' knowledge of careers and the pathways available to access them
Provide opportunities for students to visit and use university campuses
Students and/or parents are invited to participate in a range of interactive and hands-on activities conducted by ACU staff and ACU students. The range of activities may be conducted on school sites or on the ACU campus.
Offered to: All levels, Students and parents
Shadow a Student
This program affords secondary school students the chance to experience 'a day in the life of a university student' accompanying a university student for a day, attending lectures, tutorials and practicals, sharing lunch in the cafeteria, and making use of library services. On return to school, students share their experiences and impressions with their Year Level cohort.
Offered to: Years 9, 10, 11
Partner schools are invited to conduct their staff professional development days on the university campus. This enables staff of schools to see a university in action. It provides an interactive forum whereby staff from both schools and universities can discuss challenges that arise in transition from school to university.
Offered to: Partner Schools
Journal Writing Program
ACU staff work with Year 7 and 8 teachers to assist them to engage their students in discussions around their future career and educational aspirations, and the pathways necessary to achieve them.
Students are assigned an on-going journal writing exercise that asks them to reflect on and identify further their aspirations, and to articulate what is required to achieve their goals.
A hardcopy journal is provided by ACU.
Offered to: Years 7, 8
On the Job
A fun, interactive online program that introduces students to a broad range of careers and their potential linkages to university. Contains job profiles, games, activities, links, relevant resources and videos.
An online interactive educational program that employs a problem-based learning approach. It is a team based activity requiring higher order thinking skills. It introduces students to a broad range of career options and to their links to higher education courses. ACUgate staff will provide in-service support to teachers prior to the program's introduction.