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First Nations graduates take centre stage

The Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program graduates have celebrated their achievements, following the completion of the program.

The University of Southern Queensland has recognised the dedication and hard work of the 2020 Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program graduates during a cultural celebration yesterday.

Supported by the University’s College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research, the program is designed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the academic skills needed for university study.

The program, completed by 16 graduates last year, can be used as a stepping stone for a range of university degrees.

Among the graduating cohort was Glen Waters.

“There wasn’t set subjects, we instead had assignments on things like the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens and history,” Mr Waters said.

“The staff were very helpful, they set me up with a great tutor, who helped to guide me throughout the course.

“Even for younger people, this is a great place to come to refresh your memory and upgrade your skills.”

Scoring a GPA of 6 and above, Karly Mitchell, Tallis Deale, Madeline Louis and Byron Kunert were presented with the Martha Collier Award during the ceremony.

If you do not have the right school qualifications or it has been some time since you studied, the University of Southern Queensland Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program is the perfect way to start studying at university.

Find out more about the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program.

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Glen Waters was one of 16 participants who graduated from the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program last year.