Bec takes a chance

A Morwell mother-of-six has embraced the chance to go back to school and it is paying off.

Bec Chance was part-way through a degree when she fell pregnant at 18 and dedicated her life to raising her children.

Today at aged 40 and her youngest now in kindergarten, Bec took “a chance” and signed up to Federation University’s ‘Clemente’ program.

The program provides free accredited courses in areas of social inquiry, globalisation and inequity, social issues and personal values, and creative writing, to those who would otherwise not be able to attend university.

Bec, who previously couldn’t see herself as anything but a mother, is expected to finish her course in June next year.

The mature aged student then hopes to gain a full scholarship and complete a university degree in community services and counselling.

Bec said the Clemente program provided her with a range of skills like time management and prioritising.

“Completing a university degree is something I’ve always wanted to do, but with such a big family I didn’t know how I could. On the off-chance I got invited into this program and it’s exactly what I’m looking for,” Bec said.

“It’s time to get into the workforce… that’s what I want, to get a good job.”

Bec received her third unit certificate last Monday.