Two TAFE Western Mudgee College students have been successful at the organisation’s annual Outstanding Graduating Student Awards (OGSA) ceremony in Dubbo.
Aaron Phillipps, who successfully completed three courses in 2015 - Certificate I in Access to Work and Training (Introductory); Certificate II in Construction Pathways and Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways – was named Aboriginal Pre-Vocational Student of the Year.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care graduate Nongnuch Kullavong, from Kandos but studying at Mudgee, was one of five Vocational Student of the Year winners.
“TAFE Western’s OGSAs are nominated by our teachers and recognise our most passionate, dedicated, industrious and skilful students,” Institute Director Kate Baxter said.
“Aaron’s transformation during his time with TAFE Western was remarkable. He overcame several personal issues and blossomed into a leader and someone his peers looked up to.
“Aaron has proven himself an outstanding example of how someone can turn their life around and make the most of new opportunities.
“Nongnuch has also undergone a huge transformation. She came to Australia in 2012 with limited English knowledge but thanks to much determination and commitment not only graduated, but was successful in obtaining employment as a part-time teacher at Kandos/Rylstone Preschool, where she is already making a huge impression.”
Aaron was nominated by Foundation Skills Teacher Helen Doble, who said: “Aaron has overcome some personal issues, rarely complained about anything while earning the respect of his teachers, peers and parents. He has a fire in his belly to achieve and I think 2015 was an awakening for Aaron.”
Nongnuch’s nomination came from Early Childhood Education and Care Teacher Deborah Cooke, who said: “Nongnuch feels that her studies were extremely thorough and prepared her well for all workplace challenges. She has spoken to other migrant women about her positive TAFE experience, which helped increase her self-esteem and confidence in becoming financially independent.”
Mudgee resident Audra Field, who studied Woolclassing at Dubbo TAFE, was presented with the TAFE NSW Ambassador Prize.
Dubbo Diploma of Community Services student Michael Parris was named the Most Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year, with Grace Parker, also from Dubbo, runner-up.
Wayne Wright, who completed a Certificate III in Community Services Work course in Orange in 2015, was Aboriginal Student of the Year, with Bathurst’s Katherine Bradbury (Certificate III in Community Services Work) runner-up.
Full list of award winners:
Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year: Michael Parris (Dubbo).