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30 October, 2020

Early hopes for university

19 students from Mareeba State High School (MSHS) have jumped at the opportunity to get a helping hand into their tertiary studies next year with JCU and CQU both offering early university courses.

By Rhys Thomas

Uni offers: Students like Clayre Girgenti, Ashleigh Downing, Gullara McInnes and Kyle Hastie at Mareeba State High School have jumped on the chance to get into university with their early offers.

These programs allow students to get that extra bit of help they need getting into their courses with smaller certificates and bridging courses being offered early.

The JCU Early Offer Program and the CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme are offered to students who have had their future tertiary hopes impacted by hardships like COVID.

MSHS Curriculum Extension Facilitator Stefanie Prizmic is excited to see so many students getting into universities early.

“2020 has been quite challenging for our senior students so allowing them some reprieve from the stresses of COVID lets them enjoy their final year of school,” she said.

“Universities have programs in place like the Certificate of Higher Education for students who have not passed a prerequisite subject.

“These enrolment programs can be used for any year 12 student who might need extra support due to any hard times during school.”

Currently there are 19 students at MSHS who have enrolled to take early courses like Bachelors of Business, Nursing, Engineering, Marine Science and many more.

Although the students have been enrolled early they still need to meet the prerequisites for the course and get the appropriate ATAR ranking to be eligible to get into these early courses.

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