Daniel Marchisio is one student who took advantage of Apply Direct in order to streamline his entry into La Trobe for the start of semester 1 this year.
‘I met with a few lecturers from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, and set up a plan by which I could apply and gain entry to study at La Trobe,’ says Daniel. ‘I’m beginning the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at the end of this month.’
Daniel was able to successfully gain entry through a combination of completing the Tertiary Enabling Program and his seven years of management experience.
Students who might want to study at university this year still do have an option – thanks to Apply Direct, there is time to apply, long after VTAC applications closed.
This week (4th to 8th February) the Albury-Wodonga campus is placing a special focus on direct application opportunities, with staff available to have one-on-one conversations with anyone who might be interested in applying to study. This option is available for the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses where vacancies exist and the applicant can meet entry requirements.
Prospective students who are interested in Arts or Business are able to make applications based on previous work experience, through the Work Recognition Program.
Professor Richard Speed, Executive Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, says that the Work Recognition 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.
‘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.
Alison Reed, Executive Officer of the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce, commends the La Trobe initiatives, both of which provide flexible options for people wishing to return to study.
‘People in regional areas have often been disadvantaged in terms of their access to tertiary education in the past,’ says Ms Reed.
‘Initiatives such as the Work Recognition Program and La Trobe’s acceptance of direct applications both assist people who may not have had a traditional educational journey, but who wish to use their past work experience to study at university now.’
‘It’s not only important for individuals, but for regional communities as a whole, that higher education opportunities are widely available in regional areas,’ says Ms Reed.
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