Year 9 Galen students visit GOTAFE

Almost 200 students visited GOTAFE Wangaratta Campus at Docker Street and the Regional Study Centre on Wednesday 29th November.

The Year 9 students from Galen visted the campus from 10am to 2.30pm, spending the day gaining an insight into the careers of their choice. Students attended three sessions of their choice before lunch and one session in the afternoon.


GOTAFE’s Youth Engagement Officer, Justin McMahon and Jess Croft, Events Co-Ordinator have been working closely with GOTAFE staff and Galen to pull the event together.

“Students gained a first-hand insight into what studying at GOTAFE might be like”, said Justin.

“The event was designed to be hands-on, essentially students will view facilities, try equipment and have the opportunity to talk with staff about their career aspirations.

“Study areas will be in their own facilities, for example nursing will be in their nursing laboratory.

“And because the students have chosen the sessions they want to attend, we know they will be engaged and walk away with a real sense of what it might be like to be a GOTAFE student, either as a VETiS student or as a full-time student after leaving secondary school.”

Docker Street campus will host the following sessions Nursing, Community Services, Early Childhood, Automotive, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Hairdressing and Beauty, Innovation Hub, and creative arts including Graphic Design and Photography.

Animal Studies, Horticulture, Sport and Recreation and Equine as well as CSU representatives will be located at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre.

The event became a reality after Galen approached GOTAFE staff earlier in the year about giving their students a tour of facilities and study areas.

Justin went on to say that Galen see GOTAFE as a real option for their students.