Hennessy Catholic College leads the way with university studies initiative for regional students

May 20, 2012 at 8:44pm

A new partnership between Young’s Hennessy Catholic College and the Australian Catholic University is a huge boost for regional students, according to local senator and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education, Fiona Nash.

“Hennessy College and the ACU are teaming to allow regional students to extend their Higher School Certificate (HSC) and do University units at the College,” Senator Nash said.

“As the College Principal, Dr Peter Webster explained to me when I met him last week, the partnership will allow regional students to undertake university units free of HECS, accommodation, texts and other university charges.”

“The initiative is not restricted to Hennessy students but open to all students in the region providing they have completed their preliminary HSC.”

Senator Nash said the partnership would help bridge the divide between city and regional students.

“Despite recent hard fought changes to Youth Allowance payments, many regional students remain unable to take up university placements they have studied so hard for because of cost issues.”

“This initiative will ease the squeeze on them and sets a fine example for the education sector across regional Australia.”

“Here in Young we are very proud to have Hennessy Catholic College the top performing regional Catholic College in the NSW HSC in 2011,” Senator Nash concluded.