University pathways for challenged students

By Madeleine Byron

Year 12 students from across Victoria, including Numurkah Secondary College, headed to Melbourne this week to take part in the Doxa University Pathways Program.

Since its inception in 2015, more than 800 young people have taken part in the program which is open to young people with challenging life circumstances, who are in Years 9 to 12 and are interested in continuing their education at university.

Doxa chief executive Steve Clifford said the program helped young people to attend university and gain the skills for an employable and rewarding future.

‘‘At Doxa, we offer support for young people from challenging life circumstances and give them opportunities they may not otherwise have access to,’’ he said.

‘‘Our university pathways program gives students a chance to meet professionals, explore career options and build employability skills.’’

He said students come from a variety of challenging backgrounds, including financial difficulty, family trauma, being culturally and/or linguistically diverse, being from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background or a refugee and/or migrant background.

Students worked on developing personal, professional and employment skills by visiting universities, corporate workplaces across Melbourne’s central business district and meeting professionals from across the not-for-profit sector.

‘‘Participating in Doxa’s university pathways program has helped confirm my desire to be a paramedic in the future,’’ Numurkah Secondary College Year 12 student Jaimee Cook said.