Greg O'Connor is 27 year old truck driver who decided he would like a professional career with better pay, working hours and quality of life for his family. Although he completed an HSC at school he was not motivated enough at the time to continue studying.
In 2006 Greg enrolled in a Tertiary Preparation Course (Certificate IV) at Dubbo TAFE College to prepare himself for university and was able to continue working by spreading his TAFE study over two years.
Greg said he liked the adult learning environment and the flexibility of the course even though he found studying again to be a big challenge. He said, "It was such a change from work, but the teachers at TAFE were prepared to go out of their way to help".
Now in 2008 Greg is studying a Bachelor or Engineering (Mechatronics) by distance education through University of Southern Queensland. His TAFE results assisted with gaining entry to University and the TAFE course has developed his independent learning and organisational skills.
The Tertiary Preparation Courses is skills based and enables students to learn techniques for essay writing, research, and mathematics at levels required for university entry.
Apart from providing results to gain entry to his university course, Greg has found that the TAFE Tertiary Preparation Course has prepared him well for university. He said "Even though it's several years since I finished school, tertiary study is no longer a daunting prospect."
Greg is now undertaking university studies by Distance Education and is able to use the Individual Learning Centre at Dubbo TAFE College every day. He likes the environment and is able to get some tutorial assistance from TAFE teachers along the way.
More information about the Tertiary Preparation Certificate and the Individual Learning Centre at Dubbo TAFE College can be obtained from Linda Robinson on 6883 3428
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