28 April 2011: A group of senior high school students recently kick started their tertiary education by participating in Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Uni Step Up program.
The program involves Year 11 and 12 students studying an Arts and Culture unit by participating in a four day intensive course on campus, followed by online study over the semester.
Successful completion of the subject will provide students with credit towards a range of courses at ACU, which they can access once they have graduated Year 12.
Step Up students in an art class with Acting Associate Vice-Chancellor Lindsay Farrell.
16-year-old Wendy McDonald is participating in the program and says it has been a valuable experience.
“I started this program because I thought it would help me learn about what future opportunities were available to me,” she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed the experience with ACU, and it’s shown me what the uni has to offer.
“I’d definitely recommend the program to other people.”
This is the first Uni Step Up Program to be offered by ACU, and is aimed at providing alternative pathways into university and promoting equal opportunities to tertiary education.