Coodanup College students explore career paths with Aspire

Pinjarra Alumina Refinery chemical services manager Richard Yeates with Year 8 Coodanup College students Jack White (left) and Lachie Campbell (right), teacher Christine Bennett (center), and UWA's Bronwen Veale during the 'Megalodon' maths session.
Pinjarra Alumina Refinery chemical services manager Richard Yeates with Year 8 Coodanup College students Jack White (left) and Lachie Campbell (right), teacher Christine Bennett (center), and UWA's Bronwen Veale during the 'Megalodon' maths session.

DECIDING what to do after high school is a daunting decision for most students, but Aspire UWA is providing Coodanup College Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to explore their pathways.

Students have attended university discovery sessions at schools throughout the region listening to and learning from industry professionals who have been through the process themselves and can share their stories.

Alcoa Alumina Refinery chemical services manager Richard Yeates said he enjoyed talking to students at such a critical time in their schooling during sessions at Coodanup College.

“These kids are on the cusp of a decision that will play a huge part in the rest of their lives,” he said.

“Being able to talk to and help guide them in any way through making that decision is a privilege.”

UWA Equity Outreach programs manager Elisa McGowan said the sessions have been instrumental in ensuring students can make informed decisions.

“By opening up the discussion around building on their interests and natural talents, we hope to guide students into decisions that will positively impact their futures,” she said.