Picture: Graduates from TAFE Illawarra Goulburn receiving their new qualifications.
The power of opportunity from education was one of the key messages shared by graduate Ally Horan, as she addressed her peers recently at the TAFE Illawarra Goulburn Graduation.
205 graduates are now ready to launch their careers after receiving their qualifications at a special ceremony held at the Goulburn Soldier’s Club.
Speaking candidly to the graduates and guests, Ally – who is now the Wool Area Manager at Landmark, Crookwell – spoke about the career-defining opportunities she had while training in Wool Classing at TAFE Illawarra Goulburn.
“I went from being a nervous wreck in my practical exam to being successful enough to get nominated for the AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Woolclasser Competition at the Royal Easter Show in 2014,” she says.
“I then went on to compete in the National Merino Challenge in Melbourne which presented another fantastic opportunity to meet people in the industry thanks to TAFE Illawarra.
“I have always found that if there is something which you have an interest in and wish to further your knowledge in, TAFE is the first place you should look. It provides a wonderful facility for people to learn from experts and each other in a supportive environment.”
A number of local students also received Outstanding Achievement Awards for reaching similar success in their studies, including: Martina Williams, Certificate III in Employment and Training; Courtney MacPherson, Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation; Janamba Luland, Certificate III in Aged Care; Mark McColl, Certificate IV in Community Services; Wallace Smart, Horticulture Diploma; Rebecca Sampson and Mia Williams, Certificate II in Horticulture; and Gamze Gul Ekinci received the Illawarra TAFE Student Association Encouragement Award.
Marty Burgess, Faculty Director of Trades and Technology and David Guthrey, Manager District Operations – Highlands were among TAFE Illawarra’s representatives celebrating the students’ achievements. They were joined by Councillor Geoff Kettle, Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Chelsea Boney, Chairperson of Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council.
“Congratulations to all of our graduates,” says Mr David Guthrey.
“Graduations are a prime example of the tremendous value TAFE brings to our community, our region and our country.
“Many students will now join the workforce or use their qualification to advance their existing careers, whilst others continue their leaning journey through further studies with TAFE Illawarra or with pathways to higher education.”
The graduation series will culminate with TAFE Illawarra’s annual awards for its most outstanding students and staff on Thursday 19 May at City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong.