The Community College Northern Inland college campus at Inverell recently celebrated the achievements of more than 40 students at their annual presentation night.
CCA Policy Manager Evelyn Goodwin and Inverell Shire Council Mayor Paul Harmon were keynote speakers at the graduation on 24 October. Attendees included Community College Northern Inland Board Members including Chair, Judy Campbell & Executive Officer, Alison Heagney. (Pictured above: Evelyn Goodwin, Alison Heagney, Kylie Mahon & Tania Archer.)
The event included classes that graduated in Certificate III Business, Certificate III Community Service, Certificate III Individual Support specialising in Ageing, Certificate III Individual Support specialising in Disability, BEST Community Connections – Certificate I in Access to vocational pathways, Foundation Skills – Takeaway Gardening, and Special Award recipient Kylie Mahon, who is also a finalist in the CCA 2019 Student of the Year competition and a National Adult Learners Week scholarship winner.
After a positive and encouraging learning experience, Kylie Mahon completed the Certificate III in Community Services at the College in Inverell. Speaking at the event, Kylie Mahon said: “I hadn’t picked up a book for 20 years. I had no confidence in myself at all, I was unemployed and very withdrawn. ’I really wanted to help people who were in the same situation that I’d been in. But not for a second did I think I’d get a job. I thought there are so many people who are more qualified than me.’’
Inverell Campus Coordinator Tania Archer said she is extremely proud of every student: “An outstanding amount of students have gained employment in Inverell, in particular the Individual Support class specialising in disabilities class, which gained an outstanding 100% employment rate.”
The Inverell college campus will soon relocate to a bigger training facility that will provide students with additional opportunities to gain skills.
(Pictured below: Mayor Paul Harmon, Deirdre Mitregia & Jane Leake, McLean Care)