The Wonthaggi Secondary College team ‘Dairy Fairies’ of Liana Finnegan and Lily Robinson were the runners-up in the overall team prize for their projects in the ‘Cows Create Careers’ day.

The Wonthaggi Secondary College team ‘Dairy Fairies’ of Liana Finnegan and Lily Robinson were the runners-up in the overall team prize for their projects in the ‘Cows Create Careers’ day.

STUDENTS from five South Gippsland secondary schools put their brains to the test for the Cows Create Careers project last week.
On Thursday students were recognised during a presentation day at the Leongatha RSL where they joined in fun competitions, demonstrating their new knowledge on all things dairy.
‘Cows Create Careers – Manufacturing’ is an innovative Dairy Australia program that introduces food and technology students to dairy manufacturing careers and education pathways.
Five Gippsland schools participated in the program this year; Marist Sion Regional College, Chairo Christian School – Drouin Campus, Chairo Christian School – Pakenham Campus, Wonthaggi Secondary College and Yarram Secondary College.
The program involves students visiting a dairy manufacturing site and 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 school to support and encourage students throughout the program.
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,” Dr Iyer said.
“Since its pilot in 2010 the program has grown significantly and has gained strong support from dairy manufacturing companies,” he said.
In 2015, 40 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.