KIOSC is a unique partnership between the Knox Consortium of Schools consisting of Bayswater Secondary College, Boronia K-12 College, Fairhills High School, Rowville Secondary College, Scoresby Secondary College, Wantirna College, Swinburne University of Technology and the Knox City Council.
Each of these partners is committed to broadening the opportunities available to the students in Knox and surrounding areas, and increasing their participation in higher education and training to contribute to the future of the area.
The establishment of KIOSC on the Wantirna Campus of Swinburne University provides a unique opportunity for creating an interface between education, the community and the economic development of the region.
The Knox Consortium schools are committed to improving the educational and pathway outcomes for their students and bring their Year 7 – 10 students to KIOSC regularly throughout the year. Students in Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to access VCE enhancement programs and VETis studies at KIOSC as part of their school’s VCE program.
Swinburne University of Technology is aiming to raise the aspirations and opportunities for young people to engage in higher education and provides KIOSC with access to academic resources to support the Discovery and Expo programs. Students studying a TAFE VETis program through KIOSC have access to Swinburne University’s Guaranteed Entry Scheme as a pathway into a degree program at Swinburne.
The Knox City Council is conscious of the need to improve the skill pool of the region as well as social indicators such as disengagement and underemployment and provides KIOSC with vital linkages and contact with local businesses. Through relationships brokered by Knox City Council, KIOSC is able to access industry input into the curriculum, opportunities for students to access industry mentors, work experience and on the job training.