Lockdown can’t keep STEPS Pathways students down

STUDENTS at STEPS Pathways College have not let the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown get in the way of their education.

Students from STEPS Pathways College receive their certificates at their 2021 graduation. PHOTO: Supplied.

Another group of students celebrated their graduation last week.

The college, which opened in 2017, assists young adults with disabilities and autism.

Students have access to intensive and specialised learning, available both online and in person.

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The college said the online offering has been a particularly important feature as students from across Australia had access and current students were able to continue learning while in lockdown.

The students capped off their college experience when they dressed up and walked across the stage to receive their certificates from Andrew Wallace, member for Fisher.

Graduate Kate-Lyn Mackenzie delivered a powerful speech about how her experience at the college had changed her life.

“I’ve learned so much and I can do so much more now,” Kate-Lyn said.

“To all future students of our college, be brave, chase your dreams and never give up. You are capable,” she said.

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Kate-Lyn and the other graduates join a growing group of STEPS Pathways College alumni, young adults with disabilities and autism, who now live independent and rewarding lives in the community.

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The college said in a statement that its mission was to change the landscape for young adults with disabilities and autism by providing skills, support and opportunities.

STEPS Pathways College founder, Carmel Crouch said the initial motivation behind the college was to create a space that would change the standard of living for young adults with disabilities and autism.

“We’ve had the special privilege of being alongside these students in every step of their journey,” Ms. Crouch said.

“Each one of them is unique in their own way, and each have grown into amazing and capable individuals. I have no doubt that we will hear about all the great things they go on to achieve in our community and it is heart-warming to know that we were a part of getting them there, she said.”

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The STEPS Pathways College website said their students strive for independence and its learning environment equips them with the skills and confidence needed to thrive.

Students are able to progress and learn at their own pace.

STEPS Pathways College is based in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

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