The 2017 TAFE Western Aboriginal Vocational Student of the Year Award winners were Angie Brown, Dannielle Smith and Garry Pittman.
Angie completed a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance in 2015. It was from here that her love of learning grew, enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing.
She was the keenest student in the class and was determined to excel with her studies. She sought any support she needed to reach her goal, producing assessments of the highest standards.
Angie’s work placements were varied, working at Wellington, Orange Base Paediatrics Ward and General Ward in Dubbo. Angie had an energy and enthusiasm that touched patients and staff alike.
Angie is willing, capable, enthusiastic, strong academically, friendly, reliable and deserves every accolade that comes her way.
“All of this was achieved while Angie worked at a Dubbo Bakery to earn money to support the costs of raising her family single-handedly. Angie is the sort of student that you wish you could clone, as a class of Angies would be a joy.” – Elizabeth Shuttle.
Dannielle is a fine example of commitment and dedication. Despite living in Bourke, she travelled for two days every second week to study in Dubbo for two years, sometimes leaving as early as 4am, hardly missing any training.
Completing her course at the end of 2016 was a significant achievement for Dannielle, who demonstrated excellent communication skills towards her clients, other students and staff.
Her skill level consistently improved throughout her training. It’s now at such a high standard, she is highly respected by her peers in her workplace, and her dream of one day opening up her own salon is well within reach.
“Danielle was an absolute pleasure to teach. She did everything with a smile on her face, even when she had spent four hours before class travelling through frost, fog and kangaroos to make class. Danielle was a very determined student who strived to get the best out of herself.” – Robyn Mawbey.
Dedicated, tenacious and hard working are just some of the superlatives used to describe Certificate IV Wool Classing graduate Garry Pittman.
Garry left school early and after more than two decades working as a shearer, wool presser, wool roller and general farm labourer, he decided he wanted to have a qualification to show for his experience in the industry.
He co-enrolled in the Certificate I Foundation skills to improve his literacy, which gave him a new found confidence. His willingness to overcome adversity and his hard working attitude has helped him obtain steady employment, making quite a big impression working as a supervisor for a local shearing contractor.
“Since enrolling Garry’s attendance has been excellent. Even when hurdles came up, he still made a commitment to come to class. Garry is an extremely likable character and these new found skills mean he is becoming well respected and sought after in the industry.” – Kerri Capill.