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CQUni connect program

The CQUni Connect program has operated at CQUniversity with HEPPP funding since 2011, under the previous title of Widening Participation. While the goals and objectives remain largely unchanged, the new program titles signals a renewal for the program, with a focus on Year 10, 11 and 12 students and the transition of students to CQUniversity from our prioritised schools (as ranked by the Department of Education and Training as highly disadvantaged based on Indigenous, rural and remote and low socio-economic status).

The CQUni Connect program remains committed to delivering aspiration-building and career-focused content to students at our prioritised schools. The program consists of a suite of programs, one for each year level from Year 6 to Year 12, three culturally relevant programs for Indigenous students from our prioritised schools and other partner schools, and support for first year CQUniversity students from our prioritised schools as they transition to degree, STEPS and TEP study.

The program operates in Central Queensland (Bundaberg, North Burnett, Central West, Rockhampton and Mackay) and the Cairns region. A team of six practitioners are located across these locations, as well as approximately 20 casual team members, all of whom are current CQUniversity degree students who, in addition to the program content, can offer real time insights into University life and the benefits of further study.

General Programs

Year 6 – Who Am I?

Students will explore their identity and connect their interests, strengths and aspirations with potential career paths. At school, 90 minutes

Year 7 – Self Awareness

Students will consider and express their dreams for the future; uncover their strengths and passions; explore their values; and learn to build resilience. At school, 4 x 60 minute modules

Year 8 – Occupation Awareness

Students will investigate their career profile; explore current and future occupations; skills and capabilities for the future workforce; and explore how they can begin shaping their future now. At school, 4 x 60 minute modules

Year 9 – Navigating Pathways

Students will explore opportunities and challenges they may face on their journey; build success-oriented mindsets; and explore how they can achieve their hopes and aspirations for the future. At school, 4 x 60 minute modules

Year 10 - Campus Connect

Students will have the opportunity to visit and explore their local CQUni campus and engage in activities with academic, teaching and professional staff.  On-campus

Year 11 – Future Ready

Students will develop an understanding of their University and TAFE post-school options; investigate various qualifications, tertiary and vocational study options; and explore tips on what they can do now to make themselves future ready.  At school, 4 x 60 minute modules

Year 12 – The Next Step

Students will focus on the challenges they may face as they prepare to take the next step after school; discuss their expectations of finishing school; explore the opportunities of higher education, the challenges of money and participation in the workforce.  At school, 4 x 60 minute modules

Indigenous Programs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Self Awareness Program (ATSISAP, Yr 5-12)

This program engages students through cultural conversations of the values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, the relevance of cultural knowledge in today’s world and the effects of negative perception and its relationship to education pathways of success. At school, 2 x 60 minute modules

BROLGA Program

Indigenous Youth Sport Program (IYSP) - This program engages Year 5 – 9 students through sports, culture, health and education activities which will culturally inspire and motivate students towards paths of success. This program is delivered by CQUniversity and partners from industry, community and government. On campus in Rockhampton, 5 days in September school holidays

Indigenous Land and Sea Education Program (ILSEP) - This program culturally inspires and empowers students in Year 10 – 12 through a mix of on-campus and on-country learning experiences that connect students with CQUniversity, community, government and cultural practitioners, as well as Traditional Owners and natural resource management organisations. Open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.  On campus and on country in Rockhampton, 5 days in September school holidays

*List of Secondary Schools eligible for CQUni Connect’s General Programs

  • Alpha State School
  • Aramac State School
  • Babinda State School
  • Baralaba State School
  • Barcaldine State School
  • Bentley Park State High School
  • Biggenden State School
  • Biloela State High School
  • Blackall State School
  • Bundaberg North State High School
  • Bundaberg State High School
  • Burnett State College
  • Calen District State College
  • Djarragun College
  • Eidsvold State School
  • Gin Gin State High School
  • Glenden State School
  • Glenmore State High School
  • Gordonvale State High School
  • Innisfail State High School
  • Isis District State High School
  • Kepnock State High School
  • Longreach State High School
  • Longreach School of Distance Education
  • Mackay State High School
  • Mackay North State High School
  • Miriam Vale State School
  • Monto State High School
  • Mount Larcom State School
  • Mount Morgan State High School
  • Mundubbera State School
  • North Rockhampton State High School
  • Pioneer State High School
  • Rockhampton State High School
  • Rosedale State School
  • Sarina State High School
  • Springsure State School
  • Tambo State School
  • Taroom State School
  • Theodore State School
  • Winton State School
  • Woree State High School
  • Yeppoon State High School

For primary schools interested in enquiring about the Year 6 program please contact

For primary and high schools in Central Queensland interested in CQUni Connect’s Indigenous Programs please contact N.B.* (minimum class sizes of 15)