Where We Started
In 2001 after significant research and development by the Student Achievement Centre and John S Cheetham, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Support Pilot Program was initiated. Funded by the DOXA Youth Foundation the first intake of ten students commenced in 2002. The program was developed to fill a great need in the community offering encouragement and support to talented but disadvantaged young people, to enable them to complete their secondary school education.
The students embraced the benefits of the two-year program and achieved many successes. All students completed their VCE and proceeded on to university studies.
In 2004 the newly formed Skyline Education Foundation, founded by John Cheetham in memory of his late father Joseph, took over the running of the VCE Program. Renamed Skyline Education Foundation Australia in 2006, the program continues its work supporting talented young people in government schools and the community.
John Cheetham was the honorary Program Manager until his death in March 2009. His belief in the importance of education, coupled with his insight, energy and passion has resulted in 121 participants completing their VCE successfully to date with in excess of 98% receiving tertiary offers. Currently in 2016, 29 young people are taking part in the VCE Bursary Program.