More than 20 Indigenous students who have completed Curtin University’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies’ (CAS) bridging courses last week graduated in a ceremony at Curtin’s Bentley Campus.
Nine students from the Aboriginal Bridging Course and 11 from the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course are now able to apply for a range of mainstream university courses, from social work and information technology to business and nursing.
Ernie Noble, 49, who has been in a wheelchair since he was 19 after an accident left him a quadriplegic, said after finishing the Aboriginal Bridging Course, he now planned to apply to study graphic design at Curtin.
“I am as pleased as punch to graduate from the course,” Mr Noble said.
“I would love a job in web design so I can use my creativity and applying for the graphic design course is my next step.”
The Rivervale resident said he had heard about the course through friends, and decided to enrol because he felt it would open doors for job opportunities.
Both the Aboriginal Bridging Course and Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course were established in 1976 and have since helped hundreds of Aboriginal students enter university.
Each course is full-time, with the Aboriginal Bridging Course taking one year to complete and the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course taking six months.