TAFE Illawarra recognised the achievements of students at a graduation ceremony at the Cooma Ex-Services Club last Wednesday.
Two-hundred and sixty-four students were acknowledged for successful completion of qualifications ranging from Certificate I to Diploma levels in a diverse range of career areas including automotive, business, carpentry, children's services, fine arts and information technology.
Students, employers, family, friends and staff from TAFE Illawarra came together to celebrate the students' achievements.
"Congratulations to all the students who graduated. A TAFE NSW qualification is a passport to your chosen career and is widely recognised by employers locally, nationally and internationally," Andrea Wallace, the graduation ceremony emcee and business services teacher, said.
David Guthrey, manager of district operations, who welcomed students to the ceremony, praised their achievements.
"Some students will continue their learning journey by enrolling in higher level vocational qualifications. Others will pursue pathways to university, some enrolling straight into second year studies as a result of TAFE/university articulation agreements," he said.
"Many will join the workforce and use their new skills and qualifications to forge out highly successful careers.
"For TAFE Illawarra, this ceremony provides the opportunity to recognise the efforts of both students and our staff, and the rewards their work has brought them."
Special guest speaker, Nettji Thereciana, who graduated with a Certificate II in Spoken and Written English, gave an inspiring speech.