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'Doing Good Work with Families'

The latest group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to arrive at our Alice Springs campus say one of the main reasons they chose to study at Batchelor Institute is because it provides a culturally safe learning environment.

Batchelor provides a both-ways learning space that brings together Indigenous Australian traditions of knowledge and learning and Western academic concepts that embrace the values of respect, tolerance and diversity.

The students are undertaking the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) program to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to successfully undertake university studies. All students expressed a passion to achieve their long term goals and they recognise that preparation is an important first step in their learning journey.

Sherry lives in Alice Springs and has enrolled in PTS to develop essential skills to continue her studies. “I believe PTS will help me a lot with gaining formal qualifications in Family Well-being”.

Demitrice, from a small rural community in Queensland, said her goal is to start Nursing/Midwifery after completing PTS and then in the future to study medicine. Demitrice said “I am also working towards opening my own business in a rural community.”

Angie works for the Aboriginal Family Legal Unit in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, and is studying PTS part-time. Her goal is to become a fully qualified teacher and return to her community of Elliot to teach at the school.

Michelle, from Sydney, said that after completing PTS she wants to enrol in a degree program like her mother did. Michelle wants to pursue higher education in the Adult Education and Community Management area.

Neva, Felicia and Dezi all travelled from rural Victoria to study PTS. They said that coming to central Australia to study PTS was the best decision. “This week of learning has been great, I’m glad we’re learning all this new information as it will help me so much with my law degree”, Neva said.

PTS is one of the higher education programs for Indigenous peoples delivered through the ACIKE partnership between Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University.

For more information about the ACIKE PTS program visit the website: www.batchelor.edu.au/ACIKEcourses