Victoria's tenth and final
Tech School is now open in Bendigo. It's the end of a project to give students access to new high-tech STEM hubs and innovative learning programs.
But beneath the cool technology and sleek designs of the learning hubs, the team behind Tech Schools busily working together with industry, community and government.
Acting Tech Schools Executive Director Dan O'Brien says the opening of the final Tech School was the culmination of years of challenging work to build relationships, develop consistency and respond to each community's needs.
'The biggest challenge has been maintaining a core framework for Tech Schools as a program, while also allowing them to be locally different and relevant, which is essential to their success,' Dan says.
'From the start the Tech Schools initiative was always going to be place-based, with local programs and partnerships tailored to the needs of the different schools and their students, as well as local industry.'