LOW ATTENDANCE: Brianna Gross, 15, Rani Towson, 15, and SDRC Mayor Tracy Dobie discuss future education at a youth council meeting.
LOW ATTENDANCE: Brianna Gross, 15, Rani Towson, 15, and SDRC Mayor Tracy Dobie discuss future education at a youth council meeting. Nicole Zurcas

Virtual reality classes on the books for Warwick students

FOR Warwick State High School students, Rani Towson and Brianna Gross, the chances of them staying in Warwick after school are slim.

Like the majority of teenagers in Warwick, the opportunities of higher education mean moving away and heading to University elsewhere.

The 15-year-olds are starting to map out their future studies and were disappointed to move.

"I'd love to stay in town with family and friends, but there's no subjects offered here for me to stay,” Rani said.

"I'll have to move away to study the course I'm interested in,” Brianna said.

The most common university pathways for Warwick students reside in cities such as Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

Brianna and Rani are members of the Southern Downs Youth Council and hope future students will have an opportunity to stay in Warwick.

The premise of a university campus opening its doors any time soon is a far away dream for Warwick.

Members of Southern Downs Regional Council met with University of Southern Queensland to discuss tertiary education opportunities for the region.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said the outcome of a campus in Warwick was not feasible at this time.

"It's a struggle the council has had for quite some time and at this moment we simply don't have the attendance numbers,” Cr Dobie said.

The mayor predicts the future of Warwick's higher education relies in online classrooms with students immersing in virtual technologies.



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