TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region awarded over 500 graduates with Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications at a ceremony at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Thursday 30 November.
Qualifications came from across the faculties including Community Service, Health and Nursing, Creative Industries, Business, Services and IT, Language and General Education and Industry Trade Skills.
With over 130 years of experience in delivering vocational education and training, TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region was proud to showcase another year of success stories which included a mum and her two children graduating together.
Lou, Sydney and Brogan Rickard embarked on the Diploma of Nursing together at the Southport campus.
Mother of four Lou always dreamt of becoming a midwife but raising four kids was a busy time. Now, the kids are all grown up, she had the opportunity to return to study and follow her dreams.
Brogan always knew her mum was interested in studying nursing so she decided to follow suit.
Unfortunately just before Lou and Brogan could enrol, Lou encountered some health issues which led to her being hospitalised. During her time in ICU, her son Sydney would visit and help and care for her, this led to him wanting to study nursing too.
All three, enrolled into the Diploma of Nursing in 2016. The 18 month course saw the trio bond over work assessments and study strategies.
Nineteen year old Brogan said it was very helpful having her mum and brother by her side.
'It was good to have our own little study group. We practised on each other at home and used learning activities like flash cards and quizzes to get through assessments,' said Brogan.
Lou, who showed us that it's never too late to follow your dreams, went back to studying after being a mum for the past years. Since completing her studies both Lou and Brogan work across the four Arcare Aged Care facilities on the Gold coast.
Lou said she was so grateful to have made industry contacts through her studies which led to her employment.
'As part of the Diploma of Nursing you have to do two weeks placement to get work experience and Brogan and I were placed in Arcare facilities, who we both now work for,' Lou said.
All three plan to further their studies with Lou and Brogan wanting to be midwives and Sydney aiming to become a Registered Nurse.
Executive Leader of Health and Nursing Debbie Blow said it has been a remarkable year with 13 students undergoing their studies with family members.
'Combinations included two mother and daughter duos, sisters, a husband and wife, a father and daughter and a mother with both her son and her daughter,' said Deb.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region developed the first Diploma of Nursing in Australia. The course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
The ever very popular Diploma of Nursing at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region continues to attract large student numbers year on year.
For more information on the Diploma of Nursing or to enrol for 2018, go to www.tafegoldcoast.edu.au.