Seymour College is set share in a $15 million initiative designed to provide dedicated engagement officers, early childhood facilities and increased opportunities for adult education.
Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said the Our Place initiative, a partnership between the Victorian Government and Colman Foundation, a philanthropic organisation, will help integrate early childhood, school and adult education services and give families access to a range of education and support services at a single location.
The Colman Foundation has committed to inject an average of $300,000 to Seymour College every year for the next decade.
It is also funding Morwell Central Primary School, Carlton Primary School, Robinvale P-12 and Bridgewood Primary School for staff and support during the next 10 years.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said Our Place will create a vital hub for the community in Seymour.
‘‘It will enable a range of professionals to work together to deliver education, care, health and support services to local children and their families,’’ Ms Symes said.
Mitchell Shire mayor Rhonda Sanderson said council welcomed any programs or initiatives that helped young people in Seymour thrive and reach their full potential.
‘‘Forming partnerships like this between schools, not-for-profit organisations, council and the Victorian Government will be so beneficial to young people in our community and will improve the learning outcomes for students and give them the best start in life,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘We sincerely thank the Colman Foundation and the Victorian Government for making this significant investment in our community.’’