The success of South West TAFE students has been celebrated in the organisation’s biggest graduation ceremony in recent years.
More than 130 diploma and advanced diploma students graduated on Thursday, significantly more than last year’s 78. This is in addition to hundreds of students completing certificate and short courses.
Several students were rewarded for outstanding achievements:
- Youth Achiever of the Year Award – Jordyn Arundell – VCAL
- Koorie Student of the Year Award – Cody Chatfield – Diploma of Community Services
- Outstanding Trainee of the Year Award Joint Winners – Tahlia Searle – Certificate III in Horticulture and Ebony McCosh – Certificate III in Business
- Outstanding Apprentice Student of the Year Award – Thomas Hamilton – Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
- Outstanding School based student of the Year Award – Hayley Keane – Certificate III in Agriculture
- Outstanding Vocational student of the Year Award – Lesley Bastock Lewis – Diploma of Nursing
- 2016 Deakin University Pathways Award – Anne Hocking – Diploma of Nursing
- 2016 Industry Collaboration Award – Southern Victorian Plumbing
- 2016 Community Collaboration Award – Foyer Warrnambool
South West TAFE chief executive officer Mark Fidge said the graduation was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of local students.
“It’s an opportunity to showcase our students and an opportunity for them to go on to further employment or study,” Mr Fidge said.
“For our students this is a moment they will cherish forever. Their success positions them really well for the future.”
For the first time the TAFE graduation ceremony was preceded by a street procession.
“The procession is a new addition and gave the community an opportunity to celebrate with our students,” Mr Fidge said.