Local Jordan Trevorrow has unlocked a key pathway into university, becoming the first male in South Australia to complete the Aboriginal Pathway Program offered by University of South Australia.
The 18-month program provides aboriginal people with all the skills required to be successful at university, including essay writing, referencing, researching, and much more.
The GPA achieved through that program gives students direct entry into a UniSA undergraduate degree –depending on their score.
Regional Tutor Emily Venning said the APP, which is offered in Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Mount Gambier and Adelaide, fills a missing link for students in regional areas.
“One of the biggest strengths of the program is that it allows aboriginal students to study in their community, with their community,” she said.
“Most of the time students who want to go to university have to re-locate to Adelaide, they have to learn how to live independently so it’s often a very stressful time for them.”
Ms Venning said it was a ‘massive achievement for Jordan to be the first male in the state to complete the APP.
Jordan discovered the university program through an information day, and immediately saw the value in it.
“I thought ‘this is going to be my foot in the door to something I really want to do at uni’,” he said.
“The program was really good at teaching me how to research and how to reference.”
Having finished the program Jordan has now applied to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at University of South Australia.
“I love sport in general, so I want to do something that I love that won’t feel like a job,” he said.
Jordan will know if he’s been accepted into the program by November.