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ECU student wins City of Joondalup Focussing on the Future award

Thursday, 01 April 2010


Edith Cowan University (ECU) psychology student Sineada Smith, has been recognised by the City of Joondalup with the Focussing on the Future Award.

Open to local ECU students studying courses such as a Bachelor in Business, Psychology or Marketing, the award aims to assist second-year university students in furthering their education.

As well as $5,000 towards tuition fees, the award also includes a  paid work placement of up to 12 weeks with the City of Joondalup, providing students with valuable and practical work experience.
Sineada says she is looking forward to getting some practical experience in local government.

“I have always been an active community member,” said Sineada, who currently runs a sunday school program, assists with community events and is part of a local youth band.

“Working at the City of Joondalup will be a great opportunity for me use the skills I have learnt at ECU so far in a real-life, working environment”.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said he was pleased that ECU students were being given the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
“Sineada 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.

“It is important for partnerships like these to be set up to allow our University to contribute to the development and improvement of the communities we were established to serve.”

This is the second year the Focussing on the Future award has been presented, with last year’s winner, Bachelor of Planning student Christine Mahncke, securing a part-time job in the Planning and Development department at the City of Joondalup after successfully completing her placement.

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