Graduation and Awards Night
28 March 2017
More than 250 people turned out to celebrate success at Community College Gippsland’s annual graduation and awards ceremony at Warragul.
The presentation recognised graduates of nationally accredited courses in business, community services, hairdressing, beauty, rural studies, equine, general education and VCAL.
Ebony Hooimeyer received the prestigious Brian Clarke award for excellence in rural studies.
Ebony, who began equine studies with no previous experience in the horse racing industry excelled at her training at CCG’s Gippsland Harness Training Centre. She is now working at a stud in Darnum and is developing her career in the equine industry. During her training, Ebony became adept at driving the Centre’s horses including one challenging horse that only the lead trainer was able to manage. Ebony passed her trial driver assessment last year on the horse that no one other student could manage.
Christian Azzopardi was named Student of the Year for his dedication to studying Certificate III in General Education for Adults and providing encouragement to fellow students. Christian is now working and studying Business.
Brayden Krohn was awarded Trainee of the Year for his excellence in studying Certificate III in Landscape Construction. Brayden works at Coastal and Country Landscaping.
Peta Pearce was awarded the VET in Schools award for her excellence in studying Certificate II in Community Services while studying Senior VCAL Peta discovered a passion for the care field and is now studying a Certificate III in Disability.
Guest speaker and CCG graduate, Suzy Coldabella, spoke about never giving up on a dream just because you did not have the opportunity to do so when you were younger.
Suzy’s life and career changed after studying at Community College Gippsland starting with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and progressing to a Diploma. She now has a career working in an early learning centre in Trafalgar and on top of that is studying for a Bachelor degree at University to become an Early Childhood Educator.
CCG Chief Executive officer, Sue Geals, said the presentation was an opportunity to bring graduates from CCG’s campuses at Warragul, Leongatha and Pakenham together to celebrate success.
“The night is also an opportunity to acknowledge the successful career outcomes that result from study.
“All of our Business Studies graduates are in employment and a large number of our Community Services graduates are working or gone on to further study. CCG also recorded growth in student numbers in hair and beauty, general education, equine and VCAL.”
Sue Geals said CCG provided a pathway for adults and young people who want to start careers, upskill or change vocation to build real industry skills and knowledge in a supportive learning environment.
”CCG congratulates all graduates for taking the journey to embrace continuing education and training and the benefits this has in improving life and career opportunities.”
To see our video of the graduation night click here: http://ccg.asn.au/profile_feature/our_students/course_graduation_2017
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