16 January 2014
A shared ambition to study nursing at university has prompted a mother and daughter from Widgee to take advantage of the convenience and program options of the University of the Sunshine Coast Gympie.
Teresa Brough, 40, and her daughter Samantha Brough, 18, have both enrolled in the Tertiary Preparation Pathway program at USC Gympie to boost their skills and prospects of studying Nursing Science at USC.
Hard at work on final assignments for their first summer course of TPP, the duo is finding the program challenging and enjoyable.
TPP provides the skills and knowledge needed for students to succeed in undergraduate degrees. Courses are usually free of charge for Australian students.
Teresa is juggling her TPP commitments with a full-time job as an AIN (Assistant In Nursing) at Blue Care’s Winston House Aged Care Facility and said the convenience of USC Gympie was vital.
“There’s no way I could have done TPP and shift work without USC Gympie,” she said. “I would have had to study externally. So I’m very lucky.”
Samantha, who finished Gympie State High School a year ago, also juggles part-time work with her TPP courses.
USC Gympie Manager Graham Young said applications would be open until 22 January for people who wanted to study the first semester of TPP this year.
— Julie Schomberg