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Being inspired is often the first step towards success
for many students. Without it, students lack
direction, motivation and persistence to achieve.
So it's no surprise that CQUniversity's Nulloo Yumbah
Indigenous Learning, Spirituality & Research Centre
employs strategies of inspiration when working with
indigenous teens in the region.
This year the Centre hosted a Badi Athu event, where
students from local high schools heard from inspirational
speakers from the Darumbal community. Badi Athu means
'grow to know' and employs cultural ways of learning
through story-telling and sharing to encourage young
people to be confident and aspire to greatness. The event
was also supported by the University's academic staff who
provided information about career options and pathways
Year 11 Indigenous student from Yeppoon, Yarrndji Ingra
says the event gave him insight into how others have made
their dreams a reality. "It was helpful to find out how
others were brought up and what they did to get where they
are. It was also good to focus on subject choice and to learn
the benefits of perseverance."
It's Nulloo Yumbah's overarching goal to see Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people given the opportunity
to enter higher education and to see dreams come to
life. Through the Centre's Tertiary Entry Program (TEP),
CQUniversity has seen many students develop the
confidence, knowledge and skills to achieve university
dreams. Former student Lionel Baars saw the program as a
pathway to a better future. "I wanted to create a future for
myself and my young family. I now have completed TEP and
I'm not looking back."
TEP is one of four free preparatory programs geared
to help students gain the skills and attitude required to
succeed at university. STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education
Preparatory Studies) is CQUniversity's most renowned
access program that has helped over 4,500 students qualify
for university since it was rolled out back in 1986.
Bundaberg mother and daughter Delwyn Wissmann
and Katrina Johnston are proud to be in that number.
The pair began their life-changing journey together more
than 10 years ago when they enrolled in the program in
Bundaberg; while this year they graduated alongside each
other -- Katrina with a degree in Informatics and Delwyn
in Multimedia. Delwyn says she has always believed that
people need to learn throughout their lives and keep up
with changes in technology. "Studying at university has
allowed me to step up to that challenge," she says.
Women in Science and Technology (WIST) is an initiative
to provide women dynamic and exciting opportunities
that have generally been reserved for males. Traditionally,
women have not been encouraged to pursue careers in
science, maths, computing, engineering and health,
however the WIST program removes those boundaries and
gives women the confidence and knowledge to step into
these non-traditional roles.
Lift is the newest access program that has been introduced
to provide students with a fast track into university.
Programs are tailored to each individual applicant and are
offered entirely via distance education, giving motivated
students the opportunity to fit study around their regular
Megan Findlater has always wanted to be a teacher and
through the Lift program her dreams are quickly becoming a
reality. "The Lift program was really good for me. It gave me
the motivation and skills to be able to achieve university."
As a young mum of three, Megan says it wasn't always
easy to fit study into her life, but believes Lift gave her the
flexibility she needed.
Yarrndji Ingra discusses career options with Melinda Mann-Yasso
from CQUniversity's Nulloo Yumbah
Words by MARC BARNBAUM
and PRISCILLA CRIGHTON
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