Country Education Foundation grant recipient Clayton Jericho has finished his electrical engineering degree and is now putting his skills to good use at the Adelaide plant of global firm KBR in building services and solar design.
“It’s great to be able to put my degree to work and see how what I learnt at uni transfers to a real job.”
At school Clayton said he was pretty good at maths and science and thought he would like to give uni a go but didn’t really know much about how things worked as no one in his family had studied at that level before.
He applied to his local CEF in Kapunda for support and was awarded support for the duration of his four year degree at University of Adelaide.
My local CEF helped me with four $1,000 grants and I can’t tell you how far that went to helping out with travel expenses, a new laptop and tablet and other expenses.
Clayton said for regional kids in South Australia local support can mean the difference between going to uni or missing out.
“The financial assistance kick starts you on your way but more than that the support you get from the people on the Kapunda committee is what really counts.
“I was invited back to speech and presentation nights, which made me feel valued and respected by my community.
“Even though I graduated in 2015 I’m still in touch with my local CEF and keep them updated on what I am up to.”
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