Alcoa Pinjarra puts weight behind Girls Academy program at Coodanup College


Coodanup College students participating in the Girls’ Academy program.
Coodanup College students participating in the Girls’ Academy program.

MANDURAH Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls will receive support to succeed at school through an Alcoa supported program called Girls Academy.

Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina Refinery collaborated with not-for-profit group Role Models and Leaders Australia to help operate and meet growing demands of the Girls Academy at Coodanup College.

The academy started last year for 12 to 17-year-old girls with activities focused on increasing school attendance and advancing academic and personal achievement.

Girls Academy chief executive Ricky Grace said the program would encourage girls to stay in school.

“We have a strong focus on encouraging self-belief and planning for further study and career paths,” Mr Grace said.

“These girls are the community leaders of the future and if they believe in themselves they can achieve anything.”

Pinjarra Alumina Refinery Manager Mark Hodgson said supporting the academy was a good fit for the company, which supports the region’s youth, equality, and bridging the workforce gender gap.

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