Atwea College Student of the Year

To celebrate Adult Learners Week 2021, Atwea College will be hosting their annual Adult Learners Week Awards on Thursday September 9.

Meet our nominees for Student of the Year!

Amanda Dawson

Amanda enrolled into to this Certificate III Individual Support (Disability) course with determination and willingness to commit to the course and to achieve a successful outcome. Amanda has anxiety and has some literacy hurdles to overcome and she is certainly doing just that. She chose this course as she is a foster mum and has had children with varying disabilities and felt that she wanted to help others in the community. She is always caring and supportive to her class mates which helps to create a positive class environment.  She has little education herself leaving school in Year 9 and has trouble with reading and spelling but is always prepared to learn.  She thought she would never be able to achieve this qualification being a single mother to 6 daughters, but with the support of her trainer, student support and the training coordinator she has felt so much more confident.  She is studying this course with her daughter. The smaller class setting has provided her better support and provided more opportunity for 1 to 1 support from the trainer.

Rachel Parsons

Rachel commenced training with Atwea in June 2021 studying the Aged Care/Disability Skill Set. Rachel is a very determined student that has overcome significant hurdles. Rachel is a stroke survivor and is very open about her experiences as she hopes that it may one day help others. Rachel hopes to gain employment supporting people with a disability and we strongly believe that she will be an asset to any organization. In class Rachel was punctual, dedicated and showed support and encouragement of her peers. We are lucky to have been a part of Rachel’s journey and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Amy-Kate Sales

At seventeen years of age Amy-Kate has had quite a remarkable journey in education to date. Amy was home schooled for most of her schooling before going on to complete her Year 10, 11 and 12 equivalent at TAFE NSW. Amy has always had a passion for caring for people and commenced training with Atwea in February 2021 studying Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). In class, Amy’s friendly and nurturing nature allowed her to build strong relationships with her peers. Throughout her studies Amy showed consistent dedication, determination and motivation, even gaining employment in Aged Care before her course was finished. Additionally, Amy is a qualified beauty therapist and continues to run her own beauty business from home. Amy expresses the positive impact that the Aged Care training has had for her, her passion for caring has continued to grow and she now has plans to complete her Bachelor of Nursing to become a Registered Nurse. It has been a pleasure to have Amy share a part of her journey with us and we look forward to seeing where her future takes her.

Tahlia Simpson

Tahlia started in our makeup skill set, she then furthered her studies to Certificate III in Beauty Services and has recently graduated with a Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Tahlia has strong leadership qualities and is well respected amongst her peers. Tahlia’s academic performance and dedication to her studies has been outstanding especially with the most complex units such as specialised facials, aromatherapy and microdermabrasion. Tahlia encouraged her peers to keep striving which was very valuable to the salon team environment. With multiple setbacks Tahlia continued to persevere in accomplishing her Diploma. She is a caring and selfless person. With personal struggles and covid restrictions Tahlia showed resilience and perseverance throughout her courses. Her consistent efforts, ability to help others and initiative throughout her studies have set her up for a very successful future in the beauty industry.

Cohdy Smyth

Cohdy started her learning journey with Atwea College in our Certificate lll in Beauty Services and showed her resilience and motivation throughout covid lockdown which directly affected not only her classes and routine, but also her employment. Her perseverance and dedication to her studies has developed her confidence, adaptability and time management skills needed to succeed in the Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Cohdy has continuously motivated her peers to further their studies and mentored to help gain employment. The rewards of her dedication and ability are evident in the several job opportunities she gained within the beauty industry. Cohdy has successfully gained employment in doing what she loves and excels at lashes, brows and makeup.

Loren Shortland

Loren has successfully completed two qualifications at Atwea College Certificate lll in Makeup and recently Diploma of Beauty Therapy.  Loren is strong-willed, determined and extremely talented at massage, reflexology and body treatments. During her studies she has had challenges especially with the covid restrictions with having to continue her studies online when the industry was suspended. Due to covid restriction she faced unemployment and then successfully gained employment due to furthering her studies. Her thirst for knowledge and academic performance has been consistent and exceptional. With having no family locally she has been incredibly resilient, independent and ambitious and her training has helped her gain employment in the beauty industry.

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