Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is excited to announce the launch of the Make it Possible Rural and Regional Inspiration Hub.
The Make it Possible Hub aims to inspire rural and regional youth to pursue post school education and training. The hub will connect them to key information, resources and advice during what can be an overwhelming process to inspire, inform decision making and action.
What makes this resource stand apart from others is the advice coming from other CEF supported students and graduates who have been in their shoes; they now have wisdom, tips and encouragement to share. The Make it Possible Hub covers a range of important topics identified by rural and regional youth including money matters, various worries, overcoming obstacles, achievement and success.
The free resource will complement CEF’s annual Scholarships Guide and University Survival Guide, and is designed to broaden country students’ aspirations by providing tailored information and tools they might need in one place in an upbeat and relatable way.
Current student Cody from Orange, NSW, who provides advice in the resource says “Sometimes taking on further study can be daunting. It can be big, it can be scary, and friendships can take a while. It is all new experiences, so having support through that journey is just awesome.”
CEF has worked with Macquarie University’s (MQU) Widening Participation Unit to develop and launch the resource.
CEF CEO, Juliet Petersen, is proud of this collaboration and the work her team has done to make it a reality, particularly at a time of so much uncertainty. “CEF consulted with our local foundations, stakeholders and supported students throughout six states and territories for this project. With overwhelming feedback, the stories and student-focused approach will make this a sustainable project moving forward. This is a highly valuable resource that encourages well informed decision-making surrounding further education for rural and regional 16 to 25-year olds,” Mrs Petersen said.
Dr Stuart Upton, MQU Widening Participation Unit Interim Head, said “The Make it Possible Inspiration Hub will make for more informed students and break down misconceptions around further education. These resources are a central means of encouragement and we look forward to the hub’s long-term success in inspiring future students.”
“The Make it Possible Inspiration Hub complements our work with rural and regional partner schools in the Upper Hunter, Mid North Coast, the Riverina and Broken Hill. We intend to share these resources with partner schools to keep students and Careers Advisers informed,” Dr Upton said.