Feather in the cap for final year Cairns High students

14 February 2023

Students completing their senior studies at Cairns State High School are being offered an opportunity for future success' thanks to a partnership with CQUniversity.

The innovative micro-credential project will provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge in a range of subjects through the completion of five micro-credentials.

Cairns State High School Executive Principal Chris Zilm said he was thrilled to be partnering with CQUniversity on the 'exciting project'.

"This opportunity will provide our students with access to cutting-edge learning'" Mr Zilm said.

"We believe this project will not only enrich the educational experience of our students' but also equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future endeavours."

From this week' Year 12 students will gain access to the online learning platform and can immediately begin their studies.

"The students will embark on individualised learning programs which will enhance their skill set for the post-covid jobs market'" Mr Zilm said.

Year 11s will be given the opportunity to participate in the project from term three.

In addition to the micro-credentials available to students' Cairns State High School and CQUniversity are offering popular micro-credentials to teachers and the public.

CQUniversity project coordinator Joy Jenkins said the micro-credentials would cover topics such as Work Ready Skills' Building Networks and Relationships' Sexual Decision-Making – Positive Youth Development' The Social Brain and Academic Writing Skills for VET Students.

"This project is a testament to our commitment to providing students and teachers with access to the best learning experiences possible'" Ms Jenkins said.

"Year 12 Connect Teachers have all been enrolled as non-editing teachers in the micros to track the students' progress and we have also provided a range of micro-credentials relevant for teacher PD should they be interested'" she said.

"The Year 13 cohort – or those who graduated in 2022 - will also be provided with this wonderful opportunity from term two.

"We are looking forward to seeing how it will benefit the students' teachers and the community as a whole."

Through completing the courses' all cohorts (Year 11' 12 and 13) will gain additional knowledge and skills that will set them apart from other high school graduates.