Cobden Technical and Timboon P-12 schools are broadening VCE subject choices for their students.
The schools received a $40,000 grant from the Victorian Government's Collaboration Fund to invest in subject selection in regional and rural areas.
Cobden Technical School principal Rohan Keert said he and Timboon P-12 principal Davin Reid had worked together for some time to better their schools' subject range.
"I was motivated by a parent of a primary-aged child in the Cobden/Timboon area who said 'I want to know that when my daughter gets to VCE she has a wide-range of subjects to choose from and great teachers'," Mr Keert said.
"At Cobden and Timboon, we currently have strong connections through a VET provision model as part of the Corangamite Trade Training Cluster.
"We see the VCE Collaboration Fund as a way to strengthen the partnership and VCE opportunities for our students.
"We can now offer more subjects and better pathways for our students and can give them an opportunity to access a VCE subject they may not have previously."
The two schools currently use Webex Teams technology to source teachers from other south-west schools to teach subjects online through video.
The schools also have transport means to move students and teachers around for subjects
The $40,000 injection will help Cobden and Timboon explore this option further.
"We're hoping to cast the subject net broader and include other south-west schools in our subject options," Mr Keert said.
"Our two main goals are to build on teacher capacity and to provide additional resources.
"We will purchase equipment such as extra WebEx desktop units so students could access subjects either via face-to-face or WebEx.
"This funding will allows us to explore what we can do in one year to give students more options and work out what is sustainable for years to come."
Minister for Education James Merlino said the $1.2 million VCE Collaboration Fund was part of a $22.6 million investment to give regional and rural students access to the full range of VCE subjects.
"Where you live should not determine the quality of your education," he said.
"Country students should have the same opportunities as those in the city, so we're giving them greater choice of subjects appealing to their interests, strengths and career aspirations.
"We are supporting regional and rural VCE students by providing the same quality and choice of VCE subjects that someone in the inner city would get."
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