Monterey Secondary College is a leader in the way that VCAL studies can be undertaken. Our award winning VCAL Curriculum has been written to engage students in exciting opportunities that focus on innovation and connection with current work practices and opportunities. We endeavour to provide all students with opportunities to develop their individual skills and career options including pathways to tertiary education.
Students at Monterey can elect to join either the VCAL Sports Connect or VCAL Industry Connect programs.
As the names of the courses imply, the focus is either on Sport or Industry as the vehicle for instruction. In all other ways the two courses follow the VCAA VCAL work requirements and outcomes. Both streams have many shared activities including guest speaksers on issues such as employment pathways, apprenticeships and general interest topics that are relevant to all VCAL students.
Delivery of VCAL course requirements is a mixture of classroom teaching, excursions, and other activities out of the College, guest speakers and individual student generated project work. Volunteering opportunities will be offered regularly to students as these are now highly valued by prospective employers.
VCAL SPORTS CONNECT
For students with a passion for sport or allied health careers, VCAL Sports Connect offers a sports oriented curriculum with innovative topic-based units. The program enables students to develop their sporting skills alongside obtaining their secondary education certificate. Students network and build relationships with local sporting clubs, and state and national sporting codes such as the AFL, NRL and FFV to allow them access to their facilities, undertake work experience, understand how the codes operate and potentially to begin their career in the industry within these organisations.
VCAL INDUSTRY CONNECT
Industry Connect provides a pathway into an industry – anything from automotive to visual arts. It provides a flexible curriculum allowing for specific industry knowledge to be gained through industry visits and is tailored, where possible, towards student areas of interest. Excursions and guest speakers are selected to highlight the areas of projected career growth. Students learn how these areas of business operate, undertake work experience in their chosen field and learn how to seek out positions in these industries so they can further advance in their chosen careers.
The Federal Government Industry Skills Fund has identified these priority businesses and industries. In the past we have sought out visits to industries in the following areas:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Food and Agribusiness
- Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
- Mining Equipment, Technology and Service
- Oil, Gas and Energy Services
- Enabling Technologies and Services