Awards for outstanding students

The words enthusiasm, excellence, commitment and passion were heard innumerable times at a Victoria University awards ceremony for students at Footscray Park Campus on 18 February.

The Trades College and VU College students were cited with outstanding awards for their excellence and commitment to their studies. All completed their studies in 2013 and ages ranged from secondary school VETiS students to young and mature-aged apprentices to a grandmother who studied a Certificate III in Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt, a foundation course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who want to re-engage with education.

Courses studied by the award-winning Trades College students included Vocational Education and Training I Schools (VETiS) programs, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and vocational diplomas.

VETiS student Hariton Karaventzas from Emmanuel College in Altona North was cited for his “exemplary” two years of study for his Certificate II in Plumbing. Noted for his strong leadership qualities, Hariton’s teachers said he showed “a great natural understanding of his trade” and always delivered quality assessments.

Pre-apprentice student Jyle Glossa was cited for his “willingness to learn” during his Certificate II in Bricklaying. Jyle’s teachers said he displayed an enthusiastic disposition and was always eager “to have a go” no matter how difficult the job at hand appeared to be, and that it was this attitude that developed his skills in the bricklaying trade.

Ten VU College students received Outstanding Student awards for their passion to their studies and their exceptional achievements. Courses studied included the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Transition Education, English as a Second Language, General Education for Adults, Spoken and Written English, Work Education, Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt and VCAL programs.

Thiri Tran completed her VCE last year, achieving the highest ATAR score in the University’s VCE program. Thiri only learned English after arriving in Australia in 2009, but chose to study complex science and maths subjects as part of her VCE. Her teachers said the hallmark of her achievement was her “planning, perseverance and persistence to gain knowledge”.

Jean Mason was described as an “exemplary student” while completing her Certificate III in Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt. A grandmother, she is recognised as a skilled Indigenous artist with a great knowledge of her traditional connection to country, story and traditions. This year she has enrolled in VU’s Certificate II in General Education for Adults with a Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt focus.

The awards ceremony was followed by the University’s Certificate I, II, III and IV graduations for Trades College and VU College students who completed studies in 2013. Three hundred and thirty-seven Trades College awards and 315 VU College awards were conferred on the night.

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