Parkes College Graduate, Rhianne Forrest of Ungarie, was today announced TAFE Western’s Most Outstanding Graduating Student and TVET Student of the Year at the 2013 Outstanding Graduating Student Awards held at Bathurst.
Rhianne, an enthusiastic and caring young woman who is committed to working in healthcare, is a graduate of the Certificate III Health Service Assistant, TVET.
Rhianne’s was determined to finish her course no matter what obstacles where placed in front of her. She had a four hour return drive to attend classes each week in Parkes.
Rhianne is also active in her local community as a supporter of the charity CanAssist and coach of a local sport team.
The awards presented in six categories – Vocational Student, Apprentice, Aboriginal Trainee, Trainee, Young Learner and TVET Student – were announced at the ceremony, the 21 time these awards have been held.
TAFE Western’s Outstanding Graduating Student Awards are the most prestigious offered by the Institute. Teachers are asked to nominate graduating students and category winners are chosen by TAFE Western’s Institute Director, Ms Kate Baxter and a member of the Institutes Advisory Council.
Category winners are then interviewed to choose the Most Outstanding Graduating Student for TAFE Western in 2013.
Ms. Baxter said, ‘Each of the winners has a different but impressive story. There are combinations of motivation and dedication, adversity, community contribution, excellence and leadership.
‘The common theme for them all is that TAFE Western has played a vital part in their journeys… by helping them take the first step in their careers or further education, by assisting them to gain the confidence they need to overcome their circumstances or by advancing their skills and qualifications to secure the next stage in their career’.
Given the size of the Institute and total numbers of student enrolments (more than 40,000 in 2012) it is a significant achievement for each of these students who have been named as an Outstanding Graduating Student.
‘Receiving this award makes all the hard work so worthwhile,’ said Rhianne. ‘TAFE has taught me lifelong knowledge and communication skills and has given me the confidence and the strength to believe in myself.
‘Without TAFE Western, I would not have employment in healthcare nor be at university studying a Bachelor of Registered Nursing.’