PASSIONATE secondary school students are learning all about dairy through the innovative Dairy Australia program, Cows Create Careers.
Cows Create Careers is a school-based program that introduces food and technology students to dairy manufacturing careers and education pathways.
Six schools in the Bega region will be participating in the program this year - Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega High School, Eden Marine High School, Moruya High School, Lumen Christi Catholic College and Narooma High School.
The program involves students visiting a dairy manufacturing site and student teams working together to complete assessment tasks, such as designing their own dairy recipe.
Dairy industry advocates visit the school to support and encourage students throughout the program.
In the Bega region, representatives from Bega Cheese and Russell Smith - deputy chief judge of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards - will volunteer their time to talk to students about dairy manufacturing career pathways.
Cows Create Careers manufacturing program manager Mani Iyer believes the Dairy Australia program is an innovative channel to build awareness of dairy careers and pathways.
“The program provides a platform to introduce secondary students to the Australian dairy industry, dairy processes and products,” Dr Iyer said.
“Since its pilot in 2010 the program has grown significantly and has gained strong support from dairy manufacturing companies.
“In 2013, 34 schools across Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania participated in the program, with 100 per cent of the schools incorporating the project into their school curriculum.”
On completion of the program, teachers and students will be recognised at a presentation ceremony to award the program’s winning schools.
The Bega presentation ceremony will be held on November 3 at the Bega Country Club.
The winning school will win a prize of $500 and a winning team will be awarded $50 per student.
Bega High was the winning school in 2013 – teacher Ann Smith said the money was spent on taking the students out to lunch and movie, with the remainder put towards kitchen equipment for the school’s food technology faculty.
The Cows Create Careers program is funded and managed by Dairy Australia and conducted by Jaydee Events.