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SMART CLASSROOMS - Transfer hard work to tertiary qualifications

April 2009

School ICT support staff can make the most of their industry experience by transferring their hard work to tertiary qualifications.

In partnership with Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Education Queensland is developing a pilot program offering Orange Card holders a Diploma of Information Technology in exchange for limited study.

Only Orange Card holders are qualified to deliver ICT support to Queensland schools with the new Managed Operating Environment.

Woodcrest State College system administrator Richard Woods who completed his diploma last year said he could not pass up the opportunity to add to his ICT qualifications.

'I really would recommend this process to anyone who is considering completing their diploma,' Mr Woods said.

'It was a pain-free way to convert industry experience into recognised qualifications.'

Majors for the IT diploma include networking, systems administration, website development, database design and software development.

After receiving the diploma, Orange Card holders will receive advanced standing for Queensland University of Technology's Bachelor of Corporate Systems Management.

Smart Classrooms Enterprise Platform director Dave O'Hagan said the program showcased what could be achieved through the close working relationship between the education and training divisions of the department.

'The Orange Card gives our staff a ticket to an IT qualification and a learning pathway to a diploma or a university degree,' Mr O'Hagan said.

'Now, our IT support staff across the state have a clear educational pathway towards an internationally recognised qualification and a real chance for career progression.

'Along the way they will contribute to the Toward Q2 target of three out of four Queenslanders holding trade, training or tertiary qualifications.

'This is lifelong learning in action.'

To find out more about the Orange Card, visit the ISSS Program website.