STEPS cohort celebrates completion in Mackay
Published on 04 October, 2012
A group of 23 students enrolled in the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) celebrated their completion with a special morning tea recently.
Associate Lecturer in STEPS, Frank Armstrong said it was the first year that the program was offered over three terms and could be completed in two years.
STEPS students James Corkill, Jessica Lindsay and Stephanie Hain at the Completion Ceremony. "It has been great to see the students' progress during their time in the STEPS program and it is always nice to see them come out at the other end with a sense of accomplishment and a sense of confidence."
"To say I am proud of these students is an understatement.
"Of the 23 completing the program in term two to date, 61 per cent have applied for direct entry with 51 per cent of these selecting nursing as their choice of undergraduate study."
STEPS equips students with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in higher education studies.
The program is suitable for students who wish to study at a diploma or degree level but who have not achieved the required Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or who lack the required pre-requisite or assumed knowledge and subsequent confidence to gain entry or to achieve academically.
Upon successful completion of STEPS, students will gain entry to CQUniversity diploma or degree programs through the standard CQUniversity direct entry process for those programs where direct entry is available.
STEPS student Pancho Garcia receives an award from Rio Tinto's Marie Cameron for his contribution to Open Day 2012. Marie Cameron from Rio Tinto (who is a former CQUniversity student and casual lecturer at CQUni) was guest speaker at the ceremony and handed out awards to several students on the day.
Marie is also the president of the Zonta Club Mackay. The Zonta Club is offering a $1000 scholarship to graduating female STEPS students who are enrolling in their first year in a Bachelor Program at the Mackay campus.
There are a further 28 students expected to complete the program in term three.