Grades aren't all that count

Professor Richard SpeedProfessor Richard Speed, Executive Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, says that this program is the first of its kind in Victoria.

‘The program allows you to use your previous work experience to gain eligibility for university entrance, regardless of whether you have completed year 12,’ says Professor Speed.

The program already allowed students to apply for entry into a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences, but it has now been expanded to include the Bachelor of Business.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, as the program uses a combination of skill level and length of experience to assess eligibility for university entrance.

‘Regional Victoria has a much higher proportion of people who have entered the workforce directly from school,’ says Professor Speed. ‘The Work Recognition Program provides an avenue to degree programs that allows this group to study and accelerate their careers.

‘This in turn will allow the continued development of our regional areas, where access to and involvement in education is essential.

‘La Trobe’s regional campuses are committed to providing innovative pathways to further study, and supporting students through that process,’ says Professor Speed.

‘For individuals in regional areas who want to study at university but missed out through the traditional pathways, this provides a simple mechanism to allow university entry and to encourage people to develop towards their full potential.’

The City Futures Director for the City of Greater Bendigo, Mr Stan Liacos, welcomes La Trobe’s initiative.

‘People with higher levels of educational attainment tend to have greater chances of sound employment, prosperity and a fundamentally happy life,’ says Mr Liacos. ‘This is not only important for the individual, but for our regional community as a whole.’

‘Bendigo has a real opportunity to become a “university city”, with the benefits that brings locally and for Victoria more broadly. We’re committed to working towards this worthwhile objective in partnership with the booming education sector, particularly La Trobe University,’ says Mr Liacos.

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Media Enquiries:

Helen Nuttall
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
T 03 5444 7711 | E h.nuttall@latrobe.edu.au

Professor Richard Speed
Executive Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
T 03 5444 7204 | M 0410 636 020 | E r.speed@latrobe.edu.au

Zerin Knight
Media Liaison Officer, Bendigo Campus
T 03 5446 3161 | E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au