Two stalwarts of Darling Downs education have celebrated more than a decade of teamwork and are looking to the future.

The University of Southern Queensland has renewed its partnership with Toowoomba FlexiSchool, an initiative for marginalised young people through the Centenary Heights State High School. Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie met with principal Maryanne Walsh and FlexiSchool head of campus Linda Bourke and signed a new Memorandum of Understanding.

“The University of Southern Queensland and Toowoomba FlexiSchool share a common purpose: to support and empower a diverse range of students to engage and thrive through education,” Professor Mackenzie said. “I look forward to continuing this great work together for many years to come.”

As part of the new agreement, the University of Southern Queensland will continue to facilitate pathways to tertiary study for students; and provide training opportunities to FlexiSchool graduates, staff, and volunteers. The institutions also undertake research, studying FlexiSchool as a unique community-based alternative education initiative and ways to further assist disenfranchised and marginalised youth.

Flexi strives to provide opportunities for students who have significant social and emotional disadvantages therefore making it difficult for them to engage with school. Toowoomba Flexi School is focused on breaking the cycle of disengagement.

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is committed to quality education in the areas of law, health, engineering, science, business, and education. The University of Southern Queensland offers a range of pathway programs for students from a range of diverse backgrounds.

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