MORE than 60 excited secondary school students were recognised at a Cows Create Careers – Manufacturing presentation day, held last week.
Marist-Sion College claimed the program’s overall $500 school prize, while the winning team was Delicious Dairy Debut (Elliah Candappa, Mikayla Gardiner, Sarah Hatherall and Lachlan Carroll) from Marist-Sion College.
Cows Create Careers – Manufacturing is an innovative Dairy Australia program that introduces food and technology students to dairy manufacturing careers and education pathways.
For the Term 2 project, students were charged with working with a design brief to create a recipe that incorporated milk, cheese and yoghurt; and choose a dairy manufacturing process to research and present.
Five Gippsland schools participated in the program this year, Marist-Sion College, Chairo Christian School, Leongatha Secondary College, Yarram Secondary College and Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The program involves student teams working together to complete dairy manufacturing assessment tasks, with curriculum material provided to schools at no cost.
Dairy industry advocates who have deep industry knowledge visit the schools to support and encourage students throughout the program.
In Gippsland, industry advocates from Gippy Milk, Devondale Murray Goulburn and Fonterra Darnum volunteered their time to host schools and talk to students about dairy manufacturing careers and pathways.
Cows Create Careers – Manufacturing program manager, Dr Mani Iyer, believes that the Dairy Australia program is an innovative channel to build awareness of dairy career pathways.
“The program provides a platform to introduce secondary students to the Australian dairy industry, dairy processes and products,” said Dr Iyer.
“Since its pilot in 2010 the program has grown significantly and has gained strong support from dairy manufacturing companies,” he said.
In 2014, 42 schools across Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Tasmania participated.
Overall winning school: Marist Sion College (Warragul).
Winning school teams: Chairo Christian School: Team Legendairy – Ember Rota, Bella Donders, Chloe Dijkmans.
Leongatha Secondary College: Team Full Fat Milk Creations – Hannah Stewart, Isabeau Bronte.
Yarram Secondary College: Team I Call It Milk – Eli Kerrison-Male, William Wilson, Michael Johnston.
Wonthaggi Secondary College: Team Moostaches – Jessica Pavery, Kearny Hull.