FOR more than 11 years, Mabel Park State High School teacher Judy Fewtrell has been dedicated to ensuring her students pursue further education or training after completing Year 12.
Each year, she has helped thousands of students make solemn pledges as part of the school's Beacon Foundation, a program designed to assist students gain meaningful careers.
For her hard work and dedication to her students and the Beacon Foundation, Mrs Fewtrell and the school were recently awarded the highest Career Education award.
Mrs Fewtrell said she was honoured to receive this accolade.
"At a recent Beacon conference, Mabel Park was awarded the Beacon Careers Program of the year award," Mrs Fewtrell said.
"In addition, I was also placed in a teaching hall of fame for my commitment to helping the students find positive career pathways.
"I was surprised and honoured to win such a prestigious award."
Mrs Fewtrell was nominated for the award by people from the Beacon Foundation who observed her teaching methods and determination to help all students.
Having been part of the Beacon Foundation for six years, Mrs Fewtrell said the program had many advantages for her senior students.
"Beacon is such an important part of our schooling at Mabel Park for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students," she said.
"It is important to teach them what their future options are and how they can achieve those options.
"We teach them how to make goals and how to make a positive transition from high school to either work or further education or training.
"We want to teach the students that it is not ok to be unemployed or go on the dole."
Earlier this year, the school opened their first trade centre in conjunction with Kingston College.
Mrs Fewtrell said the centre had greatly helped those students wishing to enter a trade.
"The trade centre offers trade related courses and qualifications to students who want to undertake an apprenticeship after finishing school," she said.
In addition, the school also became the second school in Queensland to be awarded a Beacon Platinum school for their high number of students who continued on to successful careers after completing high school.
There are more than 134 schools in the Beacon program.
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