TAFE Illawarra celebrates graduates

TAFE Illawarra celebrates graduates

“I will always remember my father’s words, ‘education is crucial if you are going to survive in this big wide world.’”

The value of education is one of many heartfelt sentiments shared by student guest speaker and horticulture graduate, Marie O’Shea, at TAFE Illawarra Yass’ graduation ceremony on Thursday 18 February at the Yass Soldiers Club.

Marie is one of over 60 recently trained professionals who are set for success after receiving their qualifications from TAFE Illawarra Yass.

Students, dignitaries, TAFE Illawarra teachers, staff and friends came together to celebrate the students’ achievements at the special graduation ceremony.

Marie received her Certificate III in Horticulture on the night and received a Certificate for Outsanding Achievement.

Marie spoke to her fellow graduates about the vital role education plays in shaping an individual’s future and the importance of pursuing a career suited to one’s passions.

“Here tonight is a prime example of the tremendous value of education TAFE brings to this community, the region and country.

“TAFE Illawarra is all about learning, by doing, by practicing the skills and knowing the job and unique qualities of one’s chosen career,” said Marie.

Other students were acknowledged for successful completion of qualifications from TAFE Illawarra Yass in: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Business Administration, Skills for Work and Training, Aged Care, Children’s Services, Horticulture, Wool Classing and First Aid.

Ms Belinda Mackinnon, TAFE Illawarra’s Relieving Deputy Institute Director, and David Guthrey, TAFE Illawarra’s Manager District Operations – Highlands, were among TAFE Illawarra’s representatives who attended to celebrate the students’ achievements.

“Congratulations to all students who graduated this year,” said Ms Mackinnon.

“A TAFE NSW qualification is a stamp of quality recognised by employers locally, nationally and internationally – which will prove highly valuable for all graduates when forging careers.

“Many students will now join the workforce or use their qualification to advance their existing careers, whilst others continue their learning journey through further studies with TAFE Illawarra or with pathways to higher education.

“For everyone here at TAFE Illawarra, this is our most exciting time of year. It’s the time when the hard work of our students and staff culminates in a celebration of personal achievement.”

A number of graduates were recognised for their outstanding achievements, including:

  • Penelope McBean, Certificate III in Aged Care
  • Marilyn Hallett, Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Marie O’Shea, Certificate III in Horticulture

The graduation series began in Moss Vale on Tuesday 24 February, and will culminate with TAFE Illawarra’s Annual Awards for its most outstanding students and staff on Thursday 19 May at City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong. For all upcoming graduations, check out the TAFE Illawarra Graduation Schedule.

To find out what courses are on offer at TAFE Illawarra Yass in 2016, call 1300 766 123 or check out the Course Search tool.