Emma Kill, a social justice advocate who gained the Chancellor’s Medal in 2005 when she graduated with her USC Bachelor of Social Science (Community Work), was one of the early staff of USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP). In 2011, she received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for “pioneering innovative programs that enable young mothers and under-represented equity groups to re-engage with and achieve a tertiary education”.
Ms Kill coordinates the integration of the TPP STEMM (Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring). STEMM is the only program of its type in Queensland, providing support including childcare for young parents as they learn life skills and enrol in further education.
“My first job at USC was a student support officer at the Student Guild, where I saw many of the challenges facing our diverse population," said Ms Kill, who this year continues a Master of Social Work. "TPP helps women become role models for their children by overcoming obstacles and setting goals to become lawyers, occupational therapists and social workers," she said.
Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) courses are free for most domestic students. They are offered at most study locations and range from biology to digital futures.