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Tennant students celeberate end of year

By Patrick Nelson

Barkly primary health care team members Peta Meldrum, Victoria Bwalya, Dr Samuel Goodwin, Marica Alcedo and Jenni Kennedy at the student presentation in Tennant Creek Barkly primary health care team members Peta Meldrum, Victoria Bwalya, Dr Samuel Goodwin, Marica Alcedo and Jenni Kennedy at the student presentation in Tennant Creek

About 20 Charles Darwin University students were the toast of Tennant Creek at a recent celebration to mark the end of the academic year.

CDU’s Tennant Creek Centre Leader Kate Young said each graduate could feel proud for having completed all the requirements of the courses they had undertaken.

“Congratulations on a job well done and on the determination and leadership you have shown throughout the year,” Ms Young said.

Some 67 students completed courses at CDU’s Tennant Creek Training Centre in 2014 with the Hospitality, and Training and Assessment courses proving most popular.

Ms Young paid tribute to three long-serving visiting vocational education and training lecturers who had made their final teaching visits to Tennant during the year.

“I’m very grateful to all the visiting lecturers but on this occasion I especially note Ingolf Eigenwillig, Warren Corrick and Andrew O’Bree for the many years of dedication and commitment they have invested in the people of the Barkly.

“They have provided outstanding training in the fields of hospitality, resources and infrastructure, and in land management related courses.”

Ms Young said that by the same token, she was delighted to have the support and input from Sarah Roberts (Conservation and Land Management), Susan Burns (Community Services) and Robin Cross (Nursing).

“The introduction this year of Certificate III in Disability has been one of the highlights of our year,” Ms Young said.

“An enthusiastic learning group, mostly from the personal care sector, has been making tremendous progress with their studies.

“The course will equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and confidence to service and care for the 100-plus people with disabilities in our region.”