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Catalyst Clemente program giving free tertiary education to people in need

Monday, 21 March 2016


ECU is very proud to be part of the Catalyst Clemente program. Catalyst Clemente offers a tertiary-level education in the humanities to people who have faced multiple disadvantage – such as physical and mental health issues, disability, homelessness, drug and alcohol issues and financial constraints – to assist them to drive positive change in their lives. 

In 2016, ECU will teach Clemente in partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society WA.

St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Mark Fitzpatrick said it was great to be partnering with ECU to offer this program for people experiencing disadvantage.

“The St Vincent de Paul Society is dedicated to helping people who are marginalised or disadvantaged and education is an important way that we can help lift people out of poverty,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“This program provides an invaluable opportunity for people who may otherwise never have the chance to undertake tertiary study, but more than that, it will help instil confidence and hope.”

ECU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Omari said. “We have supported Clemente for a number of years and look forward to continuing to do so into the future.” 

ECU’s Dean of Arts and Humanities Professor Clive Barstow praised both the individual and communal benefits of the program.

“An education in arts and humanities empowers people to make positive changes in their lives and enrich their communities,” Professor Barstow said.

Catalyst Clemente teaches ECU arts and humanities units to students at an accessible location in the community. Students completing the four-unit program can obtain a University Certificate in Humanities and Arts, becoming eligible for admission into an ECU undergraduate degree. The program is free with ECU covering the tuition costs and fees.

Several graduating students have gone on to enrol in Bachelor degrees at ECU and embark on new careers.  

Education can be the driver of other changes an individual may wish to make. Participation in Clemente enhances the development of stronger social networks, formal and informal, along with increasing resilience. Other benefits include increased self-esteem, more structured lives, and an opportunity to exercise the intellect and imagination.

For further information please email the ECU Engagement team or call on (08) 6304 2652.


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