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Canobolas High wins education award for linking courses with jobs

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 STUDENTS: Mark Selmes, Blair Bella, Jessica Healey and Isabelle Kent with the school's award. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

An Orange high school's program partnering local industry to inspire students to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineeering and Mathematics) courses has won a state education award.

Canobolas Rural Technology High School was one of three NSW high schools that joined 17 primary schools in a pilot program that has involved 2200 students and 18 industry and commercial partners.

The program has won an award through the 2019 NSW Minister's and Secretary's Awards for Excellence.

 AWARD: Scott Sleap, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Canobolas Rural Technology High school teacher and SISP program manager Matt Scott.

Regional Development Australia Central West CEO Sam Harma said the Central West had been at the forefront of the program.

"STEM is a vital area of study, and will be the cornerstone of education in the future across the Central West," he said.

"We have focused on transport and logistics this year because we know this is a vital sector of the local economy reliant on STEM skills.

"There is an abundance of local job opportunities in our region for students in this sector, and STEM plays an important role.

"Showing students first hand how vital STEM skills are to local industry and the local economy shows them that there are jobs, careers and a bright future thanks to STEM skills right here across the Central West".

He said it was the second Secretary's Award for Excellence for Canobolas Rural Technology High School, previously winning the Secretary's Commendation for an Outstanding School Initiative for its STEM curriculum program in 2016.

This article was originally published in the Central Western Daily. Read it here.