Many de­grees of flex­i­bil­ity

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Lewis Fis­cher

Re­becca Board runs a suc­cess­ful clean­ing busi­ness.

She even has a num­ber of em­ploy­ees that work with her.

Suc­cess by def­i­ni­tion shouldn’t come overnight but more of­ten than not peo­ple face ad­di­tional bar­ri­ers when liv­ing in re­gional ar­eas.

Ms Board re­cently grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied Man­age­ment from Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity.

As a young mother, reg­u­larly com­mut­ing to com­plete tra­di­tional univer­sity study wasn’t a vi­able op­tion.

The pro­gram at Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity has been de­vel­oped in or­der to break down the bar­ri­ers peo­ple face in ob­tain­ing a three­year un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree.

Through an agree­ment with the Goul­burn Ovens TAFE in Sey­mour, Ms Board was able to com­plete her de­gree without set­ting foot on a univer­sity cam­pus.

‘‘It’s a prac­ti­cal de­gree that will turn a Diploma or Ad­vanced Diploma into an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree with just one ex­tra year of full­time study,’’ GOTAFE busi­ness com­mer­cial man­ager Jo-Ann Craig said.

‘‘It’s been de­signed around work­ing pro­fes­sion­als, tak­ing into ac­count the ex­pe­ri­ences gained from their work­ing lives and al­lows stu­dents to study while still work­ing full time.’’

Ms Board was able to com­plete the course on­line but had reg­u­lar li­ai­son with a lo­cal GOTAFE pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor in Sey­mour.

‘‘This gives re­gional stu­dents greater ac­cess and avail­abil­ity to higher ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams,’’ Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity’s me­dia ad­viser Matthew Free­man said.

‘‘It’s a re­ally great pro­gram that can help our busi­ness lead­ers im­prove their com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage and just gen­er­ally en­hance our com­mu­nity,’’ Ms Board said.

At this stage, the Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied Man­age­ment is the only pro­gram of­fered in this way through the part­ner­ship with GOTAFE.

Achieve­ment: Re­becca Board on her grad­u­a­tion day.

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