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Catalyst Clemente

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

The Clemente Course in the Humanities was originally created by American academic, Earl Shorris, in New York in the 1990s. It has since expanded internationally, with Clemente Australia overseeing several versions of the program across Australia.

The 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.

Recent graduate, Nathan Tinsley, says “I really enjoyed the program. I’ve made ongoing friendships and I now have the confidence to pursue opportunities I wouldn’t have taken up before.”

Catalyst Clemente teaches humanities units to students at an accessible location in the community. In 2019, the program is running from Midland Junction Lotteries House.

ECU has proudly been in partnership with Foundation Housing since 2017 and will continue together through 2019 and beyond.

Students complete four units - Imagining the Body, What is Knowledge?, Gods, Gossip and Genes, and Ideas, Images & Information – over 2 years, and graduate with a University Certificate in Humanities and Arts. This makes them eligible for admission into an ECU undergraduate degree.

Best of all, 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 careers, but further study is not the sole objective of the program.

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

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.

If you are interested in further information about the Catalyst Clemente program, or would like to enrol, please contact Sharon Kostopoulos via email or mobile at 0434 951 798.

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