BROADMEADOWS, AUSTRALIA – 7 October 2020 CSL Behring Broadmeadows has signed a four-year partnership with the LaTrobe University-led In2science program to deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs in local Broadmeadows schools.
The partnership, the first of its kind for CSL Behring Broadmeadows, will enable In2science to deliver their in-school mentoring program to more than 150 year 7 to 10 students each year in the Hume Local Council Area.
CSL Behring Broadmeadows Senior Vice President and General Manager, Tricia Stewart, said the Broadmeadows team was keen to support STEM engagement and foster the next generation of STEM professionals in the local area.
“CSL Behring Broadmeadows has long supported the local Hume community through our Community Grants Program. Since 2014, we have committed more than $130,000 in Community Grants to support community programs in the Hume area,” she said.
“This new partnership between CSL Behring Broadmeadows and In2science will connect our employees with the community where we work. To complement the work of teachers and mentors in the program, our highly skilled STEM employees are excited to be heading into the classroom to encourage students to consider the diverse career opportunities available in the field of science,” she said.
In2science is an innovative and proven school partnership program that places university students as peer mentors in Victorian secondary schools to support groups of students traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, girls, students from regional and rural areas, and Indigenous students.
In2Science Program Director, Alison Every, said In2science were delighted to have CSL Behring as an official partner of the In2Science program.
“Having corporate partners such as CSL Behring allows In2science to recruit more student mentors, provide better learning outcomes to the students they help teach in the classroom, and ultimately encourage school students to study STEM subjects in the future” she said.
“We are really excited to harness the knowledge and experience of CSL Behring’s people to enhance the In2science program for students in the Broadmeadows area,” she said.
The In2science program is a joint venture funded by the Victorian Government through the Strategic Partnerships Program, corporate sponsors such as CSL Behring Broadmeadows, and In2science’s five partner universities – La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology and Monash University.
Prof Jessica Vanderlelie, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) at LaTrobe University, said La Trobe University was proud of the impact that the In2science program has demonstrated in improving STEM participation and student outcomes.
“We are very grateful to CSL Behring for their generous support of the program and we look forward to working in partnership to improve STEM participation in Victoria,” she said.
CSL Behring and In2science will work collaboratively over the next four years to deliver and further develop the In2science program for local Hume Local Council area.
About CSL Behring Broadmeadows
CSL Behring has operated its Australian manufacturing operations at 189 Camp Road, Broadmeadows since 1994. CSL Behring is a global biotherapeutics leader driven by its promise to save lives. Focused on serving patients’ needs by using the latest technologies, the company develops and delivers innovative therapies that are used to treat coagulation disorders, primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema, inherited respiratory disease, and neurological disorders. The company’s products are also used in cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic disease of the newborn.
CSL Behring operates one of the world’s largest plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. The parent company, CSL Limited (ASX:CSL;USOTC:CSLLY), headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, employs more than 27,000 people, and delivers its life-saving therapies to people in more than 100 countries. For inspiring stories about the promise of biotechnology, visit Vita CSLBehring.com/vita and follow us on Twitter.com/CSLBehring.
In2science is an innovative, award-winning program which increases student engagement in maths and science by placing volunteer university students as peer mentors in secondary school classes. In2science was established in 2004 and is a La Trobe University-led collaboration with The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology and Monash University.
In2science mentors work with secondary school science or maths students for a 10-week period. Working with the classroom teacher, the mentors help students, share their own experiences and motivations for studying at university, and relate schoolwork to real-world examples.
In2science aims to:
- Increase engagement in science and maths for improved student outcomes, particularly for under-represented groups of students
- Increase awareness of STEM skills in all careers for students, mentors and teachers
- Create partnerships between universities, schools and STEM Industry.
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