UWS guides HS students to Fast Forward tertiary study

Campbelltown Performing Arts HS 

The University of Western Sydney recently ran its annual Fast Forward Year 12 Conference with the involvement of 600 Year 12 students from 46 Greater Western Sydney high schools.

Students had the opportunity to attend three information sessions, choosing from ten different options for each session. The morning commenced with presenters from university, TAFE, private enterprise, NSW Police, the Defence Force as well as Alumni of UWS.

The official welcome and keynote address was delivered by Professor James Arvanitakis, from the UWS School of Humanities and Communication Arts and UWS Institute for Culture and Society.

The Fast Forward Program helps to bridge the gap from school to university by building the educational aspirations of high school students, Years 9 to 12, who have academic and/or leadership potential but might not consider post-school study as an option.

Over the course of the year students are involved in: Award Evenings, School Assembly Presentations, University Experience days, In-School Workshops and HSC preparation workshops. Students also have access to a free online homework centre to assist them with their studies. Year 12 students that enrol to study at UWS are also eligible to apply for a $20,000 Fast Forward Scholarship.

All of the individual components of the Fast Forward Program aim to:
* Increase Greater Western Sydney (GWS) school students' engagement in learning and the completion of Year 12.
* Develop students' confidence, knowledge, skills and educational attainment.
* Enhance GWS students' awareness of post-school education opportunities.
* Promote the benefit of lifelong learning, providing life opportunities to students and their families.
* Improve the participation of GWS students in higher education.

"Throughout the program, high school students and their families will be encouraged to see tertiary study as a realistic and viable post-school option and this will help to raise participants' aspirations for the future," says Jim Micsko, Manager, UWS Fast Forward Program.

The conference provided Year 12 students in the program with further in-depth opportunities to meet and learn from industry professionals in areas that they have identified as possible future career paths. During the sessions the aim is to enhance the students' preparedness for life after Year 12 as well as a reminder for students to continue focusing on their higher education goals beyond year 12 and the HSC.

School Name
Airds High School
All Saints Catholic Senior College
Ambarvale High School
Arthur Phillip High School
Auburn Girls High School
Australian International Academy
Bankstown Girls High School
Belmore Boys High School
Blaxland High School
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Chester Hill High School
Chifley College Bidwill
Chifley College Senior Campus
Cranebrook High School
Eagle Vale High School
East Hills Boys High School
Elizabeth Macarthur High School
Emmaus Catholic College
Erskine Park High School
Fairfield High School
Granville Boys High School
Holroyd High School
Hoxton Park High School
James Busby High School
Jamison High School
La Salle Catholic College
Leumeah High School
Lurnea High School
Macquarie Fields High School
McCarthy Catholic College
Merrylands High School
Mount Carmel High School
Nagle Catholic College
Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
Parramatta High School
Picton High School
Plumpton High School
Punchbowl Boys High School
Sarah Redfern High School
Sir Joseph Banks High School
St Andrews College
Strathfield South High School
Thomas Reddall High School
Wiley Park Girls High School
Windsor High School
Wyndham College

23 February 2015
Tanya Patterson, Media Officer
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