HIGH ACHIEVERS: The latest AIME graduates, their mentors and teachers celebrating at Southern Cross University.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: The latest AIME graduates, their mentors and teachers celebrating at Southern Cross University.

AIME program hits target

SOUTHERN Cross University's Coffs Harbour-based Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience program has proudly graduated its latest crop of local indigenous high school students.

The program, which has been running in Coffs since 2009, sees university students act as mentors for indigenous high school students.

Program manager Jake Thompson said the celebration capped off another big year for AIME at the Coffs Harbour campus.

"This year has seen the SCU Coffs Harbour AIME program continue to expand its reach, working with indigenous students from Macksville to Grafton," Mr Thompson said.

"It has been remarkable to watch the students grow in confidence and see the results that the program continues to deliver."

SCU indigenous student support officer Troy Robinson underlined the importance of the program and praised the dedication and commitment shown by participating indigenous students.

"It has been great to see the program continue to empower so many indigenous students to be the best that they can be," he said.

Nationally, the program has given indigenous students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their non-indigenous peers, with statistics released in 2013 showing around 76% of Year 9 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants progressing through to Year 12.

This exceeds the national indigenous average of 41%.



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