STAFF AND STUDENT: CQ TAFE’s Rhianna Law gets ready for the merger with CQUniversity next week.
STAFF AND STUDENT: CQ TAFE’s Rhianna Law gets ready for the merger with CQUniversity next week. Mary Bolling Cquniversity

Rhianna’s two roles merge at new CQUniversity

ROCKHAMPTON student Rhianna Law wasn't sure where she was headed after high school, but a job at CQ TAFE put her on the path to her dream degree at CQUniversity.

The 21-year-old's experience at both institutions means she's looking forward to the merger between CQUniversity and CQ TAFE, which will take place next Tuesday.

The merger will make CQUniversity the state's first comprehensive university, offering everything from short courses and certificates to postgraduate degrees and doctorates.

After finishing at Glenmore State High School, Rhianna took on a customer service officer role at CQ TAFE.

Last year, while representing CQ TAFE at a Rockhampton careers expo, she chatted to CQUniversity staff and discovered it was possible to make a Bachelor of Business fit in around her work.

She began the degree this year, specialising in marketing.

"I had already moved out of home, so I knew I had to keep working and couldn't afford full-time study," Rhianna said.

"But I wanted to be able to attend some lectures, and have contact with my teachers."

Next Tuesday all CQ TAFE staff become part of the new CQUniversity.

The project is supported by the State Government and has $73.8 million in Federal Government funding.



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