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ECU student on top of his game

Thursday, 14 February 2008


Ashby resident Jason Rocca is getting closer to his dream job after being accepted into the Masters of Exercise Science program at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Jason completed a Bachelor of Sports Science at ECU in 2007, and will continue his studies with a Masters program specialising in strength and conditioning.

He will complete the Masters program in 2009 and hopes to work as a strength and conditioning coach with a major sporting team.

"It would be great to work with a team in Perth, but unfortunately there are not a lot of major teams here so travelling to the US or Asia for work may be an option," says Jason.

Working with West Perth Football Club's colts team, Jason designs physical training programs and recovery sessions. He also works as a personal trainer, gym instructor and group fitness instructor in Joondalup.

University wasn't something Jason had previously considered, but after completing year 12 he found out about ECU's University Preparation Course (UPC).

The UPC is an alternative entry pathway to ECU that equips students with all the necessary learning skills required for success at university. The course is free to Australian citizens so there are no up-front or deferred fees.

Jason recommends the course in what can be a tough transition from high school to university.

"It really helped me in the first year of my degree, and I avoided the struggles that some of my fellow students experienced," he says.

"I didn't realise how much the UPC had really helped me until I started my degree."

The course consists of one semester of full time study and covers learning skills, research and writing processes, numeracy tools and accessing knowledge.

Successful completion of the UPC provides students with minimum entry to most courses at ECU. Course and career information is provided towards the end of the course to assist students to select an undergraduate degree.

For more information on the University Preparation Course at ECU, please contact ECU Student Recruitment on 134 328.

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