Rebecca Battersby

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Rebecca hopes her feedback as a member of the Student Advisory Group assists the Open Polytechnic in maintaining its position as one of the best distance learning providers in Aotearoa.

“In fact, it already is. I am proud to be a student of the Open Polytechnic,” says Rebecca, who is working towards a Bachelor of Social Work.

“I decided to tackle this study to pursue a passion in helping people with life issues. I realised I had a knack for human services through assisting family and friends over the years and enjoy people in general,” she explains.

Mum to two boys, aged 9 and 5, in addition to studying, Rebecca is also training with the Red Cross Refugee Services to help with the intake of refugee’s, assisting them in settling in Manawatu.

“I decided to begin studying through the Open Polytechnic back in 2009 when my youngest son was only 9 months old. I lived in Levin at the time and no tertiary institutions were in the area that I could feasibly commute to. I then had a study break for a year and then jumped at the opportunity to enrol in the Bachelor of Social Work in 2012 and have never regretted my decision,” says Rebecca.

Rebecca says she has found the Open Polytechnic receptive to feedback from students, highlighted by response she had from lecturers during the development and initial first year implementation of the Bachelor of Social Work, a new degree for the Open Polytechnic.

“The Open Polytechnic allows people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to gain access to tertiary education to achieve their study goals and career dreams,” she says.

In her spare time, Rebecca has been working on creating a small online business and spends “an unhealthy amount of time on the Internet.”

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