The Skyline Education Foundation is pleased to announce the expansion of its two-year VCE Bursary Program to Geelong in 2017.  The Skyline Board made a decision to establish the program in a new region and Geelong was identified as a significant area of need.  After local consultation and advice, a firm decision was made in favour of Geelong as a significant area of strategic importance.

Key people in the Geelong business and education communities are giving strong support to the project.  A partnership has been established with Deakin University to provide invaluable strategic and financial support, while members of the Geelong business community have made important commitments through the early stages of development. These include A&M Costa Foundation, Prof Barbara van Ernst AM , Boomaroo Nursery, MAKYBE Racing & Breeding and Avalon Airport.

The program will accept an initial intake of 10 students in 2017/18.  Relationships have now been established with the NORTHERN BAY COLLEGE and NEWCOMB SECONDARY COLLEGE.

Leigh Waters has been appointed as the first Program Coordinator for the Geelong Pilot Program.  Leigh, who lives at Bellarine is a highly trained educator with great skills in communication, marketing, relationship building and educational development.  She has worked across all education systems and will commence part-time at the beginning of term 3.

Leigh will work closely with Melbourne’s Program Manager, Olwyn Gray. In addition, a GEELONG ADVISORY COMMITTEE is to be formed to manage the Geelong Pilot Program which will remain initially accountable to the Skyline Board in Melbourne.  The plan is for the program to become fully independent in the future.

The move to Geelong forms an important part of Skyline’s 10th anniversary celebrations.