Mals looking west

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark (left) and Sue Passmore, general manager, Telstra Country Wide Far North Coast NSW, congratulate scholarship recipient Mal Kenny.

Mal Kennys last job was at the meatworks but now, thanks to a Telstra scholarship he is at Southern Cross University studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary).

After 25 years in a Casino factory, Mal decided he would like to teach indigenous children out west.

With three kids of his own, Mal wanted a job that he loved and gave him flexibility for his family.

How can you not smile at kids? he said. Kids are the funniest people on earth. My children make me laugh every day. I want a job where I am surrounded by smiling faces.

Thanks to the scholarship, Mal is studying full time at the Lismore campus and is planning on heading out west when he completes the course in four years time.

The Telstra Indigenous Scholarship is fantastic. It was like a godsend, he said.

Mals entry to university was also helped by the Gnibi Foundations Program for Indigenous Australians, which helps people brush up their skills base so they can approach study with confidence.

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