A NEWLY expanded Bachelor of Education program at La Trobe University’s Mildura campus will be among the options prospective students will be able to learn about at next week’s Campus Open Day.

Secondary school students and those keen to explore further study will be welcomed to the Mildura campus on Wednesday.

Students seeking certainty in their final years of school will also have an opportunity to discover new pathways into studying at La Trobe, including the university’s Aspire Program.

La Trobe Mildura acting head of campus Sandra Connor said it was fantastic to welcome people to campus and help them find the perfect course to fit their ambitions.

“We are so excited to show people around the campus here in Mildura and support school leavers, as well as those returning to study or re-skilling, to find the course and the mode of study that works best for them,” Ms Connor said.

“There are so many ways into university – it’s not just about academic results – and we’re here to support anyone in our community who wants to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to support their future career.”

Dean of the School of Education, Professor Joanna Barbousas, said changes to the Bachelor of Education program would mean more students can study to become teachers, with the choice to specialise in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary school teaching now being offered – as well as other pathways into teaching such as Diploma and Associate Degree.

“We know that across the country this critical workforce is under strain – and this is particularly being felt in rural and regional areas,” Professor Barbousas said.

“The government has committed to providing more places for children in early years education, and for the first time in Mildura, students will have the opportunity to specialise in Early Childhood and Primary education, providing even more options for those wanting to enter this growing field.”

The Mildura Campus Open Day will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday. To register and for more information visit La Trobe’s website.