University in the Pilbara? Have your say…

Do you have aspirations for university access in the Pilbara?
What university course would you like to do?
Would you like a university style campus in the Pilbara?

These questions are being asked now in the Pilbara to develop new plans for a community-driven model for local university access.

The Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC) is liaising with key Pilbara stakeholders, and would like to hear your answers.

The potential Pilbara university model?
A community study is underway to see what a supported distance education university model in the Pilbara could be.

What is a supported distance education university model?
In addition to providing administration, student and pastoral support, this unique university model allows regional students the flexibility of studying online whilst being supported with face-to-face tutorials from highly dedicated, qualified and experienced local professionals.

Students are exposed to local industry networks within their professional fields from their first year of study through to their graduation and beyond. Graduates not only become highly skilled but highly valued as potential employees in local industries, building local community capacity and keeping some of the finest and brightest graduates in their region.

Where can you have your say?
·  Online at www.guc.edu.au/pilbara
· Community discussion at the Club Room, Karratha Leisureplex, 5.00-6.00pm Wednesday 11 May.
· Careers Central ’16, Karratha Leisureplex, 8.45am-2.30pm, Thursday 12 May.

Who is GUC?
GUC is an independent, not-for-profit, supporting university courses in the Mid West on behalf of a range of universities including CQUniversity, Charles Sturt University and the University of Southern Queensland.  Students are recruited in cohorts and enrolled as distance students but typically attend GUC for a two hour tutorial in each unit they are studying each week.  The higher education awards they achieve are offered and conferred by university partners. Since adopting this independent model, GUC have been able to grow supported courses and student enrolment substantially with 270 students studying across 10 different programs this year.