Canobolas Rural Technology High School students were able to experience some of the post-school study options available during Charles Sturt's Future Directions Day, hosted at the university's Orange campus on Wednesday.
With more than 50 others from around the region, around 20 Canobolas students took part in a series of interactive workshops in pharmacy, allied health and agricultural science, touring the campus and hearing from current CSU students as well.
The workshops were designed to give the students a chance to learn more about the respective subjects' university courses and increase their exposure to university options before they enter their senior secondary years.
Students from Cowra High along with Dubbo College's Delroy and South campus' also attended.
Canbolas learning support officer Amy Wilson highlighted the importance of the Future Directions Day, particularly its practical elements.
"The kids [were] loving it, they especially loved getting to take their blood pressure and seeing what their readings were, and making lip balms," she said.
"It's really interactive, so they get to actually participate and try things rather than just see it and listen, which they don't engage in as much."
Charles Sturt's Future Moves program co-ordinator for the Central West, Tom Griffiths, said the Future Directions initiative is planned around research and is specifically designed to engage students practically.
"Research has shown that conducting activities and programs with school-aged students increases access and participation in tertiary education among traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, particularly in regional areas," he said.
"That's why in the Central West alone we partner with more than 40 schools to help provide students with a greater awareness of the opportunities that arise from pursuing university study.
"We received some overwhelmingly positive feedback from the students during [the] event, and we often hear from teachers that they see a noticeable positive shift in attitude from their students towards the university experience as well as their own potential."
The next Future Direction Day will be held on Thursday 5 August at Charles Sturt in Bathurst.
The Future Moves program is operated by Charles Sturt and aims to inspire school students and young people from regional and rural areas to consider further education as a post-school option.
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