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Providing career paths for students An innovative program designed to provide study and career paths for Hunter students has been given further support with Federal Minister for Defence Materiel, The Hon Jason Clare MP, announcing the second Phase of the $2.9 million ME Program. The RDA Hunter ME Program was launched in 2009 and successfully brought together four high schools and four local organisations to encourage students to choose subjects that would enable them to pursue future study and career paths in advanced manufacturing. The Minister announced the details of the program at a special launch at BAE Systems with representatives of Callaghan College, Newcastle High, West Wallsend High, St Pauls as well as industry partners BAE Systems, Forgacs, Ampcontrol and Varley Engineering. RDA Hunter CEO, Todd Williams said that the expanded program would aim to encourage students into studying high school maths, science and IT. These subjects would enable them to access further study and employment in jobs such as fields such as resource management, electronics, ship building, sustainability, aerospace engineering, infrastructure management, IT and communications.

RDA Hunter CEO, Todd Williams, Callaghan College student, Jasmin Gordon, Federal Minister for Defence Material, The Hon. Jason Clare MP, Chairman ME Program and General Manager Aviation Solutions, John Quaife AM ‘Up to 800 local students are expected to participate in Phase II of the RDA Hunter ME Program through excursions, industry visits, and classroom activities. Of those about 100 students will take part in work experience activities,’ Mr Williams said.

LOCAL LADIES MAKE THE LIST What do Jodi McKay MP, Margaret McNaughton AM and photographer Melissa Histon have in common? They are part of the Leading Ladies International Top 20 List of 2010, and are proudly from the Hunter.

The Leading Ladies International list highlights women who are believed to have positively impacted the world on a local, national and global scale. Founder, Heidi Pollard, said the women were chosen because they are creative, courageous, caring and charismatic women who deeply impact the lives of others, make a difference in society, have a great attitude to life and show leadership by living their legacy every day. Other women in the top 20 include Oprah Winfrey, Quentin Bryce AC, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert and Bindi Irwin. The full list can be viewed on the Leading Ladies International website.

Jodi McKay MP and Oprah Winfrey, Margaret McNaughton AM and Melissa Histon

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The Leader - March 2011  
The Leader - March 2011  

Welcome to the March issue of Hunter Business Chamber member magazine. Members of the Chamber are invited to tell fellow members and the wid...