Cooma Universities Centre Coordinator Zoe Dawson with student Naomi Burgess.NAOMI Burgess is the first student to successfully start and complete a university course while studying at the Cooma Universities Centre.
She registered as a student at the Centre in April and has just completed a tailored pathways course through Open Universities Australia which will enable her to enrol in a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2014.
Nursing is a profession that has been in Naomi Burgess’ family for generations. After working for two years at Yallambee Lodge as a carer, Naomi has decided it is time to study to become a registered nurse.
Naomi wanted to stay locally with her job, partner and family, rather than move away as students often do to attend university.
Fortunately, many universities now offer degrees via distance learning so students can stay locally, and study at the Cooma Universities Centre to obtain a tertiary qualification.
Naomi completed the intensive course while also working full time.
The Cooma Universities Centre now has a swipe card system allowing for extended study hours for registered students. It allows students like Naomi to access the centre from 8.30am – 10pm every day, including weekends.
This is a welcome addition to the centre considering the diverse range of students – some who have young children at home, work full time, have children in school, work part time, do shift work, are carers or are full time students.
If you are considering returning to study or want to learn more about entry requirements or getting back into the habit of essay writing and exam study, many universities offer pathways programs and bridging courses similar to the course Naomi has just completed.