THE OBERON High School Trade Training Centre was officially opened by the Education Director for Bathurst Schools Peter Harvey during education week.
Guests were welcomed by the principal, David Scott, and school leaders, Gabby Evans, Muharem Cufurovic and Gabby Long, who chaired the event.
Teachers, P and C members, Oberon Council general manager Alan Cairney and Oberon community members attended. Hospitality students, led by Mrs Paula Hotham and assisted by Mrs Kylie McGrath, served a scrumptious morning tea, in the new dining area which features outstanding art and photography works by Oberon High students.
The school runs an extensive Vocational Education Program offering courses such as Metals and Engineering, Hospitality, Primary Industries and Building and Construction.
Other students are studying courses such as Nursing through TAFE and Charles Sturt University, while completing their HSC.
The school appreciates the support of the local businesses who provide students with practical components through the Industry Links program.
Many students from the programs gain employment in their chosen area of study.
Oberon High students also gain excellent results in their HSC VET exams.
The Oberon High Trade Training Centre is part of a consortium involving two other schools – Lithgow High and Portland Central. Together they form the Eastern Tablelands Trade Training Centre.
Trade training centres are a federal government initiative.
Planning began in 2010, with significant input from head teacher David Boyd and his TAS staff.
The project, giving Oberon High world-class training facilities in hospitality and engineering, was completed in 2011.