The Southern Cross : September 2010
Page 8 September 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news By Jenny Brinkworth A new program at Marcellin Technical College, which involves training young people in viticulture while they are still at school, has been met with much enthusiasm from grapegrowers in the McLaren Vale region. A lack of young people in the wine industry to fill the growing demand for a permanent workforce has prompted the college to develop the program in conjunction with the McLaren Vale Grapegrowers Association and Irrigation Australia. Between 15 and 20 students are being sought by the college to undertake the Certificate III in horticulture/water management with on-the-job training provided by local grape growers. "A lot of people in the industry are getting old and close to retirement," said local grapegrower John Petrucci, who is also on the board of the Christie Downs college, one of two technical colleges owned by the Adelaide Archdiocese. "If we can train up new, young people who are interested in the wine industry, that would be great." He said some of them might stay in the industry and even go onto wine making while others might use their skills in another industry. "We can take them out pruning, doing tractor work and irrigation work as well as show them the different aspects of vineyard management and safe use of machinery," he said. "It's so important to keep young kids involved ... I'm tied up with the local footy club and you see so many kids who don't know what to do. This is another avenue for them." Mr Petrucci said a lot of young people liked working outdoors and would therefore be attracted to the program. He and another grower would assist the school in matching students up with growers and contractors. Principal Jim Fenoughty says developing partnerships with industry in this manner was the way of the future for the college which currently has 190 Year 11 and 12 students enrolled in a range of trade training programs. As well as the more traditional trades such as building and construction, metal engineering and fabrication, automotive and electrotechnology, the college is offering a number of new programs for next year. These include animal studies, which can lead to a career as animal welfare worker, pet shop assistant, kennel hand and a further pathway into vet nursing; business studies, believed to be the first of its kind in South Australia whereby students gain a Certificate III qualification through the Australian Institute of Management while completing their SACE studies; and hospitality, a Certificate III qualification backed by Hospitality Group Training (HGT). Mr Fenoughty said there would be numerous scholarship opportunities to attract students. On top of this, the college has just launched a short course program open to the public in such areas as arts and crafts, food and wine, carpentry, sales and marketing, travel, and photography. The college has already built up a strong reputation for providing very "employable" young people to the trades. "Employers in all the trade areas are claiming that the College programs position the students well for the workforce. Most say that our graduates are the best they've had," he said. ̨ For more information, visit www.mtc. sa.edu.au or call 8186 9700. ̨ St Patrick s Technical College story, page 25. Did You Go to Marist Brothers, Sisters of St Joseph Colleges at Alberton? If you attended Marist Brothers' College Alberton, Thebarton or other Marist Brothers' Schools, the Sisters of St Joseph "Mt Carmel College" Alberton, then you are invited to a reunion on Sunday 24th October 2010 at Mt Carmel College Newcastle St Rosewater. Registration and tours of the old College from 11.30am followed by Mass at 12.30pm in the Multi purpose hall, to be concelebrated by Priests who are all past students of The Sisters of St Joseph and/or Marist Brothers. A donation of $15 per person to cover cost of lunch can be paid at the door. Bar facilities will be available courtesy of Alberton Hotel. For more details phone: Malcolm Allison 8281 1361 or Terry Cashin 8280 7293 Public Address (PA) Visual Presentation Systems Performance Lighting Systems Church -- School -- Board Room Retail Display -- Hospitality Projection -- Plasma/LCD -- Screens PA Systems -- Hearing Loops Sales -- Installation -- Service -- Hire Keith Ellison 0411 556 075 Greg Hallam 0411 550 417 Campbelltown: 8365 0377 -- Fax: 8365 0677 www.tecsa.com.au TRADE SCHOOL: Year 11 student Scott Henderson gets practical training at Marcellin College. Growing careers down south New way for Otherway A new chapel for the Aboriginal Catholic community and ministry was officially dedicated by Archbishop Philip Wilson on Sunday August 29. Construction of the new chapel at St Peters Catholic Church Complex, Payneham Road, Stepney, commenced after the Otherway Centre relocated from its city premises in 2009. The opening is almost exactly 30 years since a small group of Catholic Aboriginal people gathered for a Mass in the little known St Joseph's Church in Pirie Street, Adelaide on Sunday August 24, 1980. This building, which had previously been known as St Joseph's Church, soon became known as the Otherway Centre. Centre Manager Gaye McMahon said the name came from the idea that it was an alternative meeting place to the "Overway Hotel" which in the late 70's and early 80's was an infamous gathering place for Aboriginal people in the city. She said an Aboriginal woman, Leila Rankine, suggested to some friends that they should not go to the Overway ... they should go the "Otherway". The name caught on and the new chapel would continue to be known as the Otherway Centre. Old Scholars Association St Aloysius College Old Scholars Association Presents: College Cocktails Celebrating 130 years of Mercy Education Friday 17 September 2010, 7pm-10pm SAC Judith Redden Centre, 53 Wake eld Street, Adelaide. Tickets $40, including champagne cocktail on arrival, drinks throughout the night and canapes by Kristian's Katers. Contact SAC on (08) 8217 3200 for tickets and information. We'd love to see you there!