KEEPING up with the times was the idea behind two buildings valued at $2.8 million, opening at Catholic College Wodonga yesterday.
The technology and study centres were funded by the school in response to higher vocational education and training enrolments and a change in thought on how students best learn.
The trade training centre has been expanded with the O’Hagan Centre or technology building offering students nine new courses.
The number of students enrolling in VET courses has jumped from 100 to 200 in two years.
The number of VET courses has risen from seven to nine.
With about 600 students in the senior school, almost one in three are doing a VET course.
The O’Hagan Centre has a computer lab, allowing the school to offer a course in gaming animation.
“We acknowledge that the area has interest for our students,” deputy principal Sarah Carter said of the creative industries gaming course.
“Lots of kids love gaming so we thought, lets turn that around and have them make the games rather than just having them play them.”
Almost a year of research went into the senior study centre, which offers different work spaces so students can chose their favourite environment.
The Mercy Centre, named after the sisters who founded the school in 1979, has areas for silent study, group work, lectures or private tutorials on three levels.
Ms Carter said representatives from Catholic College had travelled to several contemporary learning centres across Victoria before designing their own centre for year 10, 11, and 12 students.
“We used that long-running research to try to develop a space for the contemporary learner,” she said.
The buildings were opened and blessed by Father Dennis Crameri from Wodonga Catholic parish.