Published on Sep 2, 2019

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A program that has positioned Cessnock as a national leader in STEM education is continuing to take out accolades.



The NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program was announced a winner in the NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Award for Excellence on August 27. SISP, of which Cessnock City Council is a proud partner, was established at Cessnock High School. The annual award showcases major contributions to school communities and acknowledges schools that have embraced innovative programs to turn around school results.

It follows the previous week’s Technology 4 Learning (T4L) award received by the Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence (CASE) for being in leader in Productivity and Collaboration, one of just 10 awards recognising ICT excellence in NSW. CASE was previously recognised as a finalist in two categories of the 2019 Australian Education Awards and in 2018 was recognised in the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

The 2018 SISP pilot program included Cessnock High, Crookwell High and Canobolas Rural Technology High School Learning Communities. In 2019 the program expanded to five regions in NSW, around 65 schools and thousands of students. The SISP program, which was developed in Cessnock, will be expanded through NSW over the next three years.

Council’s partnership with the program focuses on how local industry and Cessnock LGA businesses are engaged in educating young people. Council is also championing how local government can lead STEM education. It aims to foster collaboration between local government, education and industry to result in greater workforce outcomes for local young people.