Uni Hub Spencer Gulf is about to embark on its inaugural year offering local people an opportunity to study at a tertiary level without leaving the region.
The Port Pirie campus will be run by a team of local people including Director Moira Coffey, campus coordinator Kim Gregory and communication officer Renae Murdoch.
Ms Gregory, who be the face of the Port Pirie campus, is in touch with the many budding students aspiring to courses at the Port Pirie campus. She manages the campus which is located in the former library building in Ellen Street.
She provides student support, enrolment and information technology support while servicing as a “conduit” between students and universities.
Courses will begin on March 11 with bachelor degrees in social work, nursing, psychology, education early childhood, education primary and education secondary as well as a Master of Education.
“These initial courses will address key qualification vacancies in the region, with additional courses to be added in the future,” Ms Gregory said.
She said that Uni Hub Spencer Gulf had received more than 500 expressions of interest for the initial courses on offer as well potential courses that could be offered in the future.
“For our first year we have had more than 55 applications from people to study university courses,” she said.
“Of those we have more than 15 who have applied for Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS).
“STEPS is an enabling course that provides a pathway for people wishing to gain entry to and excel in higher education.
“In addition we have had more than 10 students enrol in Start University Now (SUN) program.
“SUN is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity units whilst still in high school.”
“We also offer a pathway for those studying with TAFE SA.
“Students who have achieved a diploma and want to study further can continue onto a bachelor course through the Uni Hub.”
Ms Gregory said that the Uni Hub has been overwhelmed by the support of the local community.
“Local industry has been with us every step so far in being part of the initial Steering Committee, in reviewing the course selection to ensure it meets local industry demand and have offered six local scholarships which are available for the current courses on offer with Uni Hub Spencer Gulf which can be used to help support study costs.”