The Geraldton Universities Centre says more science-based courses will be offered in the region as interest in the area grows.
A survey of Year 12 students in Geraldton has found nearly a third of those wanting to pursue higher education are interested in a science course.
The survey found nearly half the students wanting to go to university or TAFE would prefer to study in Geraldton.
The centre’s director, Meredith Wills, says the region’s tertiary education providers are keen to meet the growing demand for science-based courses.
“We’ve been very encouraged by the strong interest in science and that was really brought about by the WA chief scientist, Lyn Beazley, working in our region with school students and with the Durack Institute and the Geraldton Universities Centre over the past two years,” she said.
“We’re now working closely with Curtin and Durack to offer new science options in Geraldton next year.”
Ms Wills says Australia’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – the world’s most powerful telescope – in the Murchison region has attracted a lot of local attention.
“There’s a fair general interest in astronomy and an understanding within that that there’s opportunities in the mining industry as well with engineering and science,” she said.
“I think our region is seeing that we should be really looking to train up for these areas and of course the kids who are in school now are the ideal workforce.”