A new dawn for Cairns student, thanks to CQUni SUN program

Published:08 November 2018

TOP: Abbey Gavin (left) pictured with other SUN students (L-R Jack Kirwood, Taylor Gralton, Nyah Hardeland-Bingarape, Minna Belik, Natasha Delaney) beside CQUni Associate Vice-Chancellor (Cairns and FNQ) Jodie Duignan-George and SUN Participation Officer Codi Horton. BELOW: Abbey Gavin with the Associate Vice-Chancellor.

Cairns student Abbey Gavin made a head-start on her Bachelor of Nursing studies with CQUniversity, even before completing her Year 12 exams at Peace Lutheran College.

Thanks to the Start Uni Now (SUN) program, she was able to complete the university-level 'Evidence Informed Practice' and 'Introduction to Nursing' units online alongside her senior school subjects.

Abbey said she chose Nursing as a study and career path because she likes helping people and wants to make a difference to society.

"I got a lot of support from CQUniversity's SUN office and also advice from some local nurses here in Cairns," she says.

A total of 40 high school students from Cairns and the Far North Queensland region have completed one or more SUN units through CQUniversity in recent years.

Abbey recently joined five other Cairns-based teens at a ceremony at CQUni Cairns campus, acknowledging their completion of SUN units.

SUN Participation Officer Codi Horton says the inaugural Cairns SUN Student Awards evening included students from Jubilee Christian College, Peace Lutheran College, Redlynch State College and St Andrews Catholic College.

"The student from Jubilee travelled over an hour to attend the event!" Ms Horton says.

"The recent SUN awards were a great way to recognise and honour the achievements of the SUN students.

"The event also highlighted that the students are part of a wider network of SUN students, as well as a valued student of CQUniversity."

All students who have successfully completed a SUN unit are eligible for direct entry into their chosen undergraduate degree after Year 12.