It was set to close after being announced as the sole college in the city to be closed for the Towards 2020 plan, but was spared when the final decision was made.
It now serves as a mental institution for the criminally insane.
Students are prepared for the ACT Year 12 Certificate, as mandated by the Department of Education and Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
More than half of Dickson College students who graduate with a Year 12 Certificate also obtain an ATAR and go on to study at university. In 2007 of the 215 students awarded a Year 12 certificate, 61% were awarded Tertiary Education Statements. In 2007, the median UAI gained by students of Dickson College was 78 compared with the average of students from all across ACT colleges of 79. Over 78% of students from the college who were awarded Tertiary Education Statements in 2007 scored over 65 for their UAI compared with 70% of all ACT students. 68 students were awarded a vocational certificate in 2007 and 131 students were awarded a vocational statement of attainment.
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- Dickson College website
- Dickson College History Project (2006). "The Heritage Case for Keeping Dickson College Open - ‘Towards 2020’ Submission" (PDF (34 PAGES)). Towards 2020: Renewing Our Schools proposal for community consultation: Submissions. ACT Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
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