Thursday (December 1) will be a momentous occasion for 24 TAFE Western Aboriginal students from across the state, as they graduate from unique health and police training programs in Dubbo.
Fifteen students have successfully completed an 18-month Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice course, while nine students will graduate from the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.
Acting TAFE Western Institute Director Adam Bennett said it was such a special occasion the organisation combined the two graduation ceremonies, which will be held in the Yarradamarra Centre at 4pm.
“This is a very important opportunity for TAFE Western to pay tribute to some of our most talented, dedicated and hard-working Aboriginal students at a special combined graduation ceremony where we will hear from the students and their amazing education journeys so far,” Mr Bennett said.
“TAFE Western is very proud to be involved in both of these unique Aboriginal programs, which offer specialised training and exciting opportunities for our students.
“Both programs have been recognised by NSW Premier Mike Baird for their excellence, with IPROWD winning the Building Stronger and Safer Communities Award in 2015, while TAFE Western’s Building an Aboriginal Health Worker Skilled Workforce Program was a finalist in the Premier’s Awards this year.
“Most importantly, we’re very proud of these graduating students and feel they deserve this recognition for taking a huge step towards achieving their dreams with these TAFE qualifications."
TAFE Western Head Teacher Aboriginal Health Programs Tracy Goodwin said the graduating health students were all existing workers who travelled to block delivery at Orange TAFE.
“The graduating students come from all across NSW – including Tamworth, Inverell, Narrabri, Newcastle, Lithgow, Penrith, Forbes, Bourke and Walgett,” Ms Goodwin said.
“The success of this program is a result of collaborative industry partnerships that provide 500 workplace hours and support ongoing workplace application of new skills and knowledge throughout this intensive program.”
Like the health graduates, this year’s IPROWD Students came from all across NSW, with Thursday’s graduates from Wellington, Coonabarabran, Wee Waa, Illawong, Woy Woy, Port Macquarie, Umina Beach and Macksville.
“It’s been great working with these students and inspire them to continue their studies and follow their dreams to be a police officer in the NSW Police Force,” Dubbo IPROWD coordinator Kylie Giusti said.