Network and Learning Meeting - Michele Oshan
Our last speaker for 2017 was Michele Oshan, team leader at the Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle.
Michele introduced the Family Action Centre program Uni4You which serves as a link between Community and University to support and increase access to tertiary education.
Uni4You is a step before enrolling in a University of Newcastle tertiary preparation program. Uni4You offers assistance through weekly workshops and guidance with academic preparation prior to enrolment in Open Foundation, Newstep or YAPUG programs.
Uni4You is specifically designed to:
• connect to people in ways relevant to their everyday experience in learning and education
• create conversations within communities about learning and education and tap into individual’s and families’ experiences and beliefs
• meet communities where they are and support learning and education in ways which acknowledge barriers to achieving goals while providing support and activating strengths
• connect and encourage people who are interested in the possibility of study.
Uni4You operates in Raymond Terrace, Cessnock, Northlakes (Central Coast), Wyong, Mayfield, Windale, Muswellbrook and surrounding areas.
The impact of the program can be very powerful: “You have helped me make life changing decisions for myself and my family and we will be forever grateful. So I am feeling confident that my dream will shortly become true.” (A parent in late 30s with five children who had not studied since year 10.)
Michele originally worked in the disability sector and psychiatric research. Throughout her 25 years involvement in community development, health and education she has focused on collaborative projects that support the aspirations and wellbeing of children, families and their communities.
MSN Learning and Network meetings are supported by a grant from Port Waratah Coal Services.