PROUD GRADUATES: The 2019 graduates of Roma TAFE with guest speaker Lane Brookes and MC for the night Councillor Cameron O’Neil.
PROUD GRADUATES: The 2019 graduates of Roma TAFE with guest speaker Lane Brookes and MC for the night Councillor Cameron O’Neil.

TAFE QLD celebrates new graduates

GRADUATES donned their caps with pride on Friday night, as a result of their hard work and dedication to their studies at TAFE Roma.

TAFE Western Queensland Manager, Shannon Rasmussen said the students did expectionally well this year, with 49 students graduating from the engineering, agriculture, hospitality, individual support, carpentry and automotive facilities offered.

“Many students were from outlying areas having to battle the drought and support their families on the farm while studying,” she said.

Invited guests included Councillor Cameron O’Neil who was MC on the evening, Lane Brookes who did a Welcome to Country and was guest speaker, and Ed Sims from Maranoa Council. TAFE Queensland’s Executive Director of Studies, Jenni Butler, was also in attendance.

“I think that having TAFE and vocational education local to Roma is immensely beneficial to the community in regards to keeping local talent local, and furthering individuals capacity to achieve their goals and ambitions,” Ms Rasmussen said.

“TAFE offers many pathways for students who want to study, but stay local to regional Queensland.”

One of the awards issued on the night was the Above and Beyond Award, which recognises students who were team players, dedicated, positive influences on others, and displayed strong academic promise.

Jack Callow won the award, having completed a Certificate II Engineering Pathways.

Jack met all the criteria of the award, so he was a team player, dedicated to his study, a positive influence on others, and displayed strong academic promise,” Ms Rasmussen said.

“He was just a great all rounder, and his engineering teacher, Bevan Kennedy, nominated him as he felt he should be recognised for his efforts which were above and beyond.”

Jack Callow won the Above and Beyond award.
Jack Callow won the Above and Beyond award.

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