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Post-school opportunities inspire regional Indigenous students

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More than 250 regional and remote Indigenous students who attend boarding school in the metropolitan area will be encouraged to further their education through tertiary studies, employment and training at the 2017 Future Footprints Expo.

Hearing from inspirational role models including West Coast Eagles forward Joshua Hill, Woodside Graduate Analyst Eleisha Ozies and Curtin Medical School student Isaiah Attkins, the students will be able to explore future career and study opportunities.

Hosted at Curtin University for the first time, the Future Footprints Expo is organised by the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and supported by Woodside.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the expo aimed to support the engagement of regional and remote Indigenous students in education.

“Curtin University is delighted to work together with AISWA and Woodside to ensure Indigenous students are aware of the many post-secondary opportunities available to them, including further education, employment and training,” Professor Terry said.

“Given our students represent a diversity of backgrounds, we are committed to empowering the students of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

AISWA coordinator Ms Roni Forrest said Future Footprints aimed to increase the retention of Indigenous students from Years 10 to 12 and boost the number of Indigenous students completing Year 12.

“The primary goal of the program is to ensure the engagement of Indigenous students with the education system, to foster a sense of belonging and self-worth, and provide Indigenous students with the confidence, knowledge and skills to succeed,” Ms Forrest said.

Attending students will be able to find out more information from exhibitors including universities, government departments, TAFEs and companies, including Woodside.

The Future Footprints Expo will be held from 5 to 7.30pm on Monday June 26.

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