Local students can lead the way by creating and following their own chosen career pathway, according to Nautilus Senior College high achievers Jess Honeymen and Kinta Clanahan.
The College in Port Macquarie provides an opportunity for students unsuited to or disengaged from mainstream education to enter year ten and complete the Record of School Achievement.
Port Macquarie student Jess Honeymen said she has her heart set on childcare and owning her own business.
"Childcare is always something I've wanted to do," she said.
"At the start of the term I began working at a preschool on Wednesdays, I have nursery which is six month to one-year-old children.
"I've always been clucky around kids and I want to see where it takes me , eventually I want to own my own business."
Ms Honeymen said she had previously struggled in mainstream schooling but had now completed first aid training, a white card for the construction industry and other certificates.
"I think I've achieved a lot more here, during school there were many more kids in the class," she said.
"It's great to have all these opportunities."
The college also transports students to-and-from school, takes them on excursions and provides employment opportunities.
It's maintained by four full time staff providing training opportunities for around 30 students in years nine and ten.
The college is also a wealth of experience for local university and TAFE graduates undertaking work placements for social work and youth work.
Current student Kinta Clanahan said she was making her way towards becoming a paramedic.
"I'm studying to become a paramedic, I guess I just want to help people," she said.
"It's much easier for me here, school was not as one on one and the college has helped out a lot with first aid training.
"I've had a lot of choices, they (staff) listen, I feel comfortable and I trust them."
The College recently received a five year NSW Education Standards Authority registration, ensuring its continued collaborative work in Port Macquarie.
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