TAFE star well-prepared for study

Raelene Brookes from Eltham was presented with the North Coast Institute of TAFE Student of the Year award on Saturday night by Geoff Baldry from the North Coast Institute (left) and Bill Graham from Prime TV.

When Raelene Brookes decided to enrol in the one-year tertiary preparation certificate at Wollongbar TAFE, she never expected shed end up being one of the highest achievers in the state.

The HSC equivalent course is designed to prepare people for further study and Raelene placed third throughout NSW an achievement matched only by being named the North Coast Institute of TAFEs Student of the Year on Saturday night.

I was absolutely amazed Im still wondering if I really got it, Raelene said. It was lots and lots and lots of work, and I wanted to do the best I could so there were a lot of long hours and late nights. The teachers were incredibly supportive and even helped me outside class time they were brilliant and I was lucky to have them. The award is a reflection of their hard work as well as my own.

Raelene really scooped the pool at the North Coast Institutes annual awards night on Saturday, also being presented with the general education faculty Student of the Year award and the Outstanding Achievement Wollongbar campus award for her work in the tertiary preparation certificate.

And its a good thing Raelene did prepare for tertiary education, as shes now studying a double degree in applied science and secondary teaching at Southern Cross University.

Im really loving uni and I get a real buzz out of learning new things, Raelene. Thanks to TAFE, I really feel on top of my studies.


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