Tuesday, 07 April 2009
Edith Cowan University (ECU) student Christine Mahncke has been recognised by the City of Joondalup with the Focusing on the Future ECU Award.
The Award program aims to assist young high school and university students in furthering their education, and is open to students from the Joondalup area.
This year the City of Joondalup has made the award available to second-year students studying a Bachelor of Planning or a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at ECU to begin a career in local government.
The award includes $5,000 towards tuition fees and a paid work placement of up to 12 weeks with the City of Joondalup, providing students with valuable and practical work experience.
Christine has lived in the Joondalup area for the past 10 years and says she is looking forward to getting some hands-on experience in town planning.
“I chose to study at ECU because I wanted to stay local and it’s great to now be able to use my skills in the immediate community and surrounding areas,” she said.
Christine and her classmates are already working at putting theory into practice through establishing Urbanistica, ECU’s planning association for students.
“We’re currently establishing a student association so we can apply our town planning skills to enhance and improve the overall ‘vibe’ within the Joondalup Campus community,” she says.
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said he was pleased that ECU planning students were being given the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
“Christine will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained during her time at ECU and apply it for the benefit of the Joondalup community,” he said.
City of Joondalup Chief Executive Officer Garry Hunt said the Award was part of an employee and career path initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in Local Government.
“We are pleased to present the inaugural award to Christine and we look forward to helping her learn more about town planning during her work placement with us,” Mr Hunt said.
“The City looks forward to continuing its association with this important award as Joondalup prides itself on being a learning precinct and we want to continue helping local students further their education while giving them an opportunity to start a career in Local Government.”
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