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St Patrick’s students get a head start with JCU

An exclusive partnership between St Patrick’s College Townsville and James Cook University will give students a head start on a marine science degree.

James Cook University’s Provost, Professor Chris Cocklin and Ms Paulina Skerman, Principal of St Patrick’s College, have signed a partnership agreement. 

It means pupils who complete the College’s two-year Marine Science Program qualify for ‘Advanced Standing’ when pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marine science at JCU.  

JCU’s Associate Professor Scott Smithers said the partnership acknowledges the first-class marine science program at St Patrick’s College. 

“It also facilitates a transition to our own Bachelor of Marine Science – and to the opportunities afforded by our international reputation in marine science,” he said.

“This is an enormous win for St Patrick’s College," Ms Skerman said. "We have the unique opportunity to formally affiliate our school with a world-leading provider for tertiary education in marine studies.”

“As an all-girls school, we are challenging the norm and seeing a growing interest in the STEM subjects like marine science. Through this partnership we can offer more than a rigorous academic program, we can offer early university credit to address affordability barriers and are able to build the confidence of our Year 12 transitions into further education.”

“Marine science is one of the unique sciences that is interdisciplinary, encompassing the study of biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and environmental science,” Mr Chris Pacey, Head of Faculty – Science & Technology at St Patrick’s College said. 

“By offering course credit on top of an already high-quality STEM program, we hope to attract more interest to these areas and address the gender divide.” 

In 2016, St Patrick’s College began to offer the Marine Science Program, which engages students with a great mix of academic rigour and practical field experiences. It is one of only two secondary schools in the region to offer marine science in its curriculum.

As part of the partnership, James Cook University will exempt successful applicants from the first-year “Introduction to Marine Science” course, offering 3 credit points of the 72 credit point degree.

"The alliance with James Cook University supports our strategic focus on delivering a high-quality STEM education and cements our standing as a regional leader in all-girls’ education,” Ms Skerman said.

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