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Curtin gets year 12s to focus on mining

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Curtin University of Technology’s WA School of Mines (WASM) is providing year 12 students with the opportunity to find out what a career in mining is all about.

Acting Head of WASM, Professor Bert Veenendaal, said the five-day Focus on Mining camp to be held in July would provide students with a real-life mining experience.

“The camp provides a fully immersive experience showing what the mining industry can offer in terms of a career,” he said.

“It is an excellent opportunity for high school students to explore options for their future career paths.”

The camp will be held from 5-9 July for Year 12 TEE students interested in maths and science and who may be considering studying mining and resources related courses at university.

Professor Veenendaal said attendees would have the chance to meet industry professionals, visit operational mine sites, participate in hands on workshops and get a taste of the mining lifestyle.

First-year Curtin student Shaun Holmes, 17, said he chose to study at WASM after participating in the camp.

“I was also interested in studying a science degree at university, as I have always had a passion for chemistry, but before Focus on Mining I did not know what sort of career options this would provide,” he said.

“The camp provides metropolitan and regional students with a chance to find out about the options that the mining industry provides to graduates with science and engineering degrees.”

Shaun also has a bit of advice for students hoping to study science, engineering or mining at university.

“Do the most advanced maths you can, as it will open a number of study opportunities at university,” he said.

To apply send applications to Karyn Lovatsis at WA School of Mines, GPO Box U1987 PERTH WA 684 by 19 May 2010. Forms are available from:

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