Dubbo students Belinda Roach and Cody Towell have been honoured for their academic achievements and outstanding work ethics at the 2018 TAFE NSW Excellence Awards in Mudgee.
Ms Roach, who completed a Certificate III in Individual Support in 2017, was presented with an Industry Achievement Award in the Health, Wellbeing and Community Services category, while Mr Towell, who completed a Certificate III in Carpentry, claimed an Industry Achievement Award in the Infrastructure, Energy and Construction category.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter presented the students with their awards at a special gala ceremony at Blue Wren Winery in Mudgee yesterday, describing them both as extremely talented.
“These awards are a great opportunity to recognise our most passionate, industrious and skilful students. It’s very gratifying to see these students grow and transform their lives through education, with TAFE NSW equipping them with practical skills and work experience that ensures they are job ready,” Ms Baxter said.
“Belinda continues to demonstrate outstanding skills and knowledge of the aged care sector, while Cody’s dedication to his studies was outstanding as he strived to reach his dream of becoming a builder. I believe both Belinda and Cody are deserving winners of these prestigious awards and have bright futures ahead of them.”
Ms Roach was nominated for the award by TAFE NSW Dubbo Nursing teacher Alannah Fraser, while Mr Towell was nominated by TAFE NSW Construction teacher Mike Greer.
“Belinda demonstrated outstanding self-discipline during her study with TAFE NSW – the ability to complete the course while caring for a large family and completing several other courses is a credit to her,” Ms Fraser said.
“Cody was a wonderful student. He was always willing to learn, open to new ideas, willing to share his knowledge with his peers and always demonstrated great leadership potential,” Mr Greer added.
Dubbo’s Aunty Pat Doolan was also recognised at the ceremony for her dedication to closing the gap in Aboriginal education and training with the Aboriginal Elder of the Year Award.
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