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Kimberley started journey to become teacher at age 15

Kimberley started journey to become teacher at age 15

Published:07 December 2017

BMA Community Scholarship holder Kimberley Cooke pictured at graduation

When Kimberley Cooke walks into her very own classroom at Clermont State School in January it will be the culmination of a journey which started at the age of 15.

Kimberley was enrolled as a student at Blackwater High when she first studied 'Principles of Uni Learning' and 'Managing E-Learning' subjects at CQUniversity via the SUN (Start Uni Now) program.

Thanks to a BMA Community Scholarship valued at $20 000, Kimberley was able to move to CQUni Rockhampton North campus to progress her dream to become a primary school teacher and to "work with kids".

She really appreciated having the chance for a classroom placement during her first full undergraduate year to get an early taste of her new profession.

“I’ve now had four classroom placements across Rockhampton, Keppel Sands and Emu Park throughout the four years of my degree,” she says.

“Actually experiencing a placement and what you have to do has definitely helped me know what teachers do and all the planning involved.”

Kimberley says her new home in Clermont won’t be too much of a culture shock as she grew up in nearby Blackwater and still has relatives in the Central Highlands area.

“The BMA Community Scholarship helped me in every way from my HECs debt and accommodation costs, travel to placements and everything throughout the whole four years,” she says.

“BMA has helped set me up for my dream role working in a rural school.”

BMA Community and Indigenous Scholarships are provided by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to encourage students interested in 'non-mining' disciplines who demonstrate the need and desire to contribute to their local region.

The BMA scholarships were designed to alleviate skills shortages and build capacity in key service areas throughout the communities in which BMA operates. They encourage increased enrolments from people with disabilities, those who are female, those of low socio-economic status, those who are rural or remotely located, or those who identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Details are available at www.cqu.edu.au/bma .

If you're interested in partnering with CQUniversity, please contact the Development Team: 074923 2875 or email  advancement@cqu.edu.au .