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Mine showcases graduate opportunities to CQUni Mackay students

Mine showcases graduate opportunities to CQUni Mackay students

Published:06 July 2018

CQUni Business lecturer Maree Franettovich (left) congratulates 2018 Hail Creek Mine CQUniversity Scholarship recipients Alice Westwood, Callen Scott and Sam Morrison after a recent site visit.

CQUniversity Mackay students swapped laptops for steel caps on a site visit to Hail Creek Mine this week.

The contingent – comprising Engineering, Business and Law students and 2018 scholarship recipients – enjoyed a selection of presentations from mine employees showcasing the diverse career opportunities available to graduates, as well as a tour of the mine site.

Bachelor of Accounting student and 2018 Hail Creek Mine Scholarship* recipient Alice Westwood described the visit as an ‘eye-opener’.

“I came away with a newfound interest in the fields of commercial accounting, business analysis and graduate programs that I’d previously not affiliated with Hail Creek Mine,” the first-year student said.

Additional students from CQUni Mackay who took part were: Logan Bella and Jack Algate, Hail Creek Mine Scholarship recipients Callen Scott and Sam Morrison; Sarina Community Bank® Branch Scholarship (2018-2020) recipient Hunter Aitchinson and Ambassador Anneka Micallef; and Engage Mentor Program Mentees – Amy Stratford, Kristen Lucas, Ashlee Chauntler, Hannah Lewis, Aidan Cureton, Tamika Werder and Tia McGrath.

School of Business and Law Lecturer Maree Franettovich said this unique opportunity was made available to these students as a direct result of the strong relationship that exists between Hail Creek Mine and CQUniversity Mackay.

“Education, hands-on experiences and networking opportunities are integral to developing a skilled and innovative workforce and to ensure a strong economic outlook for the Mackay region,” she said.

“Our students of today are – quite literally – the future leaders of our communities; engagement opportunities such as this provide our students with a competitive advantage.

“CQUniversity Mackay is grateful for the tremendous financial and in-kind support it has received from Hail Creek Mine over many years in the form of scholarships, site visits and more,” she said.

General Manager Rowan Munro announced Hail Creek Mine was once again proud to partner with CQUni to deliver the Engage Mentor Program, which is dedicated to enhancing the ongoing development of CQUni Mackay’s Business and Law students.

“By partnering with CQUniversity on this program we are continuing to build the skills capacity of our region; this, in turn, benefits not just the resource sector but also a wide range of other industries,” he said.

*Offered annually to first-year CQUni Mackay students studying Business, Science, Engineering, Health, Medical Science, Information Technology, Digital Media, or Education, Hail Creek Mine Scholarships are valued at between $6000 and $8000 ($2000 a year for both three-year and four-year degrees).