Outstanding students recognised at TAFE awards

Victoria University celebrated the great achievements of its TAFE students at an awards evening at CUB Malthouse recognising outstanding students and their endeavours.

The annual awards recognise the triumphs that have resulted from student's passion, commitment and dedication.

Each year the teaching staff nominate extraordinary students for these prestigious awards. After a review of the submitted applications and extensive interviews by an independent panel, a list emerged of remarkable individuals willing to take control and make a change for a positive future.

Chancellor george Pappas Address the student

Chancellor George Pappas addresses the students


Students from VU's Music Department entertained the crowd

Caitlin D'Cruz and Melanie Silva, students studying Cert IV in Music at VU, entertained the crowd

Friends and family celebrate with the successful students

Friends and family celebrate with the successful students

Victoria University's Chancellor George Pappas joined Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins, special guest the Honourable Lindsay Tanner, industry supporters, council members, VU staff, families and friends to celebrate the success of 30 students across the Vocational and Further Education sector at the 2012 Great Achievement Training Awards.

Mr Pappas reflected on his own journey, which like many of the attendees involved being a new migrant to Australia. "There are many of us here this evening whose lives have been positively transformed by migration. Education has the power to help all of us determine our own futures. VU continues its development as a respected and iconic institution, contributing to education, stimulating economic development and social equity, by being the best in our chosen fields and providing our students with the excellent education they deserve."

The students were as diverse as the courses involved but their stories had a common theme of determination to improve their lives and the future of their families through education. Ms Louise Knuiksis, Diploma of Beauty Therapy student, spoke on behalf of all the students gathered, giving thanks to all those involved in the awards with a special acknowledgement to VU's teaching staff. Ms Knuiksis credited their dedication and passion for driving her fellow awardees to succeed.

We extend congratulations to all our winners.

The Vice Chancellor acknowledged our industry partnership "one of the great things that make Victoria University distinct is our commitment to fostering positive working partnership with business and industry to meet the needs of an ever changing workplace."

Victoria University would like to thank our industry partners and supporters that helped make these awards possible. Construction Equipment Australia, Position Partners, Ecohair Products, Malthouse Theatre, Sothys Paris, The Cabinet Guys, Rheem and the Western Bulldogs.

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