Getting Into University

Most universities offer a variety of pathways to get you where you want to be.

Student Programs

For some people, finding their passion and pursuing the thing that they love, can lead them onto life’s path.

Parent Challenges

“I’ve had some challenges in my life…. Having other people believe in me and push me to strive for my goals made all the difference.”


What is the Stellar Program?

Stellar is a unique initiative and partnership of local organisations, all working towards a single purpose. We are known as the Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum – CVIEF. In recognition that individual organisations working alone cannot provide the whole of community approach needed to make lasting change, we’ve formed a strong working collective to reach our goals.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to improve university participation rates of students living in the Clarence Valley.

What do we do?

Stellar works with students and teachers from:

  • Grafton High School
  • South Grafton High School
  • McAuley Catholic College
  • Maclean High School

We also work with Year 6 students from:

  • Gillwinga Public School
  • Grafton Public School
  • Gulmarrad Public School
  • Maclean Public School 
  • South Grafton Public School  Westlawn Yamba, 
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • Westlawn Public School
  • Yamba Public School

We offer information and guidance on getting into university to all parents and families within the Clarence region, regardless of which school their child attends.

How are we funded?

Stellar is funded through the Commonwealth Government Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Stellar Team

The Stellar Program is coordinated by the Equity and Diversity Office at Southern Cross University. 

Program Coordinator

Simone Balzer
P: 02 6620 3362 E :

Project Officer 
Rhonda Pitson

Head, Equity and Diversity Office
Nicola Best
P: 02 6620 3422 E:

Upcoming Events

Term One, 2019:

Year 7 In-School Workshops 

February 19th-22nd March

Year 7 Workshops are delivered in class groups at program partners schools.  In these workshops students have the opportunity to explore the concepts of career decision making and goal setting as they begin their journey through high school. 

Year 10 Career Role Models Days-  In-School Forums 

April 5th-16th May

Members from the local community visit each school with the Stellar Program Team to share their career pathway, answer students questions and provide advice on the skills and strengths they have found useful in their chosen careers.

For more information about Stellar events in your school, speak to your Stellar School Contact or contact the Program Coordinator. 

Contact Us

Simone Balzer
Program Coordinator - SCU
+61 (2) 6620 3362