More than 200 Kimberley students graduated from an exciting education program last week, which aimed to guide the youngsters to create future pathways for tertiary studies, apprentices and employment. A total of 234 students from Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Kununurra graduated from the Follow the Dream program, which aimed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout high school to create future pathways. Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College students were among those who travelled to Perth to attend the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, to explore future career choices and tertiary education opportunities. The students were guided through pathways to university, traineeships, apprentices and employment, while engaging in extra-curricular activities and on-country experiences and camps. The program has resulted in 96 per cent of Year 12 students graduating successfully and achieving an 86 per cent school attendance rate, which is 20 per cent higher than the average attendance rate at public schools in WA. Broome students also gave a presentation about their experience on the four Horizon Power camps they attended as part of the program, which included a trip to Eco Beach to learn stand-up paddle boarding and try team building activities. It was the first time any of the students had been on a plane or visited Perth, with many impressed by the social clubs and cafes on the university campuses. Horizon Power general manager customer experience Krystal Skinner said the program helped children fulfil their educational journeys. “As well as getting the opportunities to spend time out of class, the program helps them explore future career opportunities, as well as learn more about their culture,” she said.