The School Curriculum and Standards Authority ranked the Gosnells school fourth overall in WA for student participation in VET courses ” the other schools in the top five were all regional agricultural colleges.
By teaming with organisations including Curtin University, Tafe, Toll and Chevron, the Minerals and Energy Academy gives students multiple ways to get extra qualifications and enter the resources industry.
It aims to increase students’ awareness of the different roles the industry offers, and differs from many specialised school programs by catering for students with technical and manual talents as well as the academically gifted.
Principal Everal Pearse said her students now had ‘real employment opportunities ahead’.
She said this was the school’s third year of population growth, with numbers now well over 700.
The College also placed 24th for academic achievement in VET in WA, recognising the college as one of the Top 50 WA schools in terms of the number of students who achieved a Certificate II or higher.
Armadale Senior High School, John Wollaston Anglican Community School and Thornlie Christian College also appeared in the top 50.