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ECU students realise their potential with the Catalyst Clemente Program

Monday, 08 February 2010


Congratulations to four students who have recently been awarded their University Certificate in Humanities and Arts for successfully completing Mission Australia’s Catalyst Clemente Program at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

The Catalyst Clemente program, which was introduced in WA in 2008, encourages participants to improve their personal situation through learning and developing essential skills in a supportive environment.

Set up in WA by Mission Australia, in association with ECU and sponsored by Woodside, the program can lead to university study for participants, most of whom have never considered higher education before.

Mission Australia's Program Coordinator Mario Gomes said the course encourages people to discover their own potential.

“The program is aimed at empowering students and enabling them to explore new opportunities,” he said.

Participating students Alex Prudnicki, Nerissa Blake, Anita Welsh and Tasha La Mer all agreed that the course took them on a journey of self discovery.

 “It is important to realise that no matter what you do in life you only get back what you put into it,” said Alex.

“The Catalyst Clemente Program made me realise that I had a lot to give this world and there was more to life than what I was living,” said Nerissa.

Since completing the program, Alex, Nerissa and Anita have been accepted into a Bachelor of Arts at ECU which they will commence this year.

“It is important that we break down the barriers that restrict entry to education,” said ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.

“ECU is committed to our work on the enhancement and development of alternative entry pathways to higher education, and the Mission Australia Catalyst Clemente program is a great example of this,” Professor Cox said.

The Catalyst Clemente program is run at Wattle House in Maddington.

For more information, contact Mission Australia on 9493 2447.

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