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Students get a taste of university life

Media release

C254/09

Local Year 10 students will have the opportunity to get a taste of Curtin University of Technology life this semester.

The Curtin LinkUp program is a 10-week program aimed at increasing opportunities for high school students to gain a university education.

This year’s program includes students from Thornlie, Cecil Andrews, Armadale, Kelmscott and Lesmurdie Senior High Schools.

Curtin LinkUp Coordinator, Sharon Woodfield, said the program helped students make an informed decision about their future.

“The program helps to ignite interest in pursuing further studies and motivates them to consider a tertiary education. It also helps develop the student’s academic, personal and social skills,” she said.

“Students work on a research project related to things they want to know about Curtin then apply their research by attending the University for two days to interview students and tour the Campus.

“After completing their research, students attend a ceremony at Curtin where the winning team receives an award.”

Thornlie Senior High School students will be on campus on 12 August followed by Cecil Andrews and Armadale Senior High School students on 13 August and Kelmscott and Lesmurdie Senior High Schools on 14 August.

The Curtin LinkUp program has been a great success since 2007 with additional programs aimed at Year 11 and 12’s. It includes a 2-day program for Year 11’s including departmental visits at Curtin and the Year 12 program includes a 1.5 hour session delivered by Dr Jim Elliott on stress management and exam techniques.