TAFE NSW Bathurst student Kirsten Fitzpatrick has been recognised for
her academic achievement and positive work ethic at the TAFE NSW
Excellence Awards in Dubbo this week.
Ms Fitzpatrick, who completed a Certificate III in Community Services
at TAFE NSW Dubbo in 2018, was announced as the winner of the
prestigious Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability
Skills Student of the Year and VET in Schools Student of the Year at a
gala awards ceremony at Lazy River Estate.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kate Baxter, commended the winners
for the commitment and dedication they have shown to their studies.
“Kirsten is a positive role model for Aboriginal people and her
community,” Ms Baxter said.
“Kirsten demonstrates maturity above and beyond her age and was the
first student to complete work experience in a Police Station.
“The awards emphasise TAFE NSW’s commitment to training the workforce
leaders of the future when, where and how it suits them.”
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Engagement Officer, Lisa Crawford, said Kirsten
was passionate about becoming a police officer.
“As a result of the course, Kirsten has made strong contacts within
the police force community and her class mates who are also working
towards the same career path.
“Kirsten is now looking to continue her studies in criminal justice
and I wish her all the best in achieving her career goals.”
Kirsten said that she was proud to receive the award and encouraged
school students who want to get a head start in their careers to
consider studying at TAFE NSW.
Students from Orange, Gunnedah, Armidale, Parkes, Bathurst, Lithgow
and Dubbo shared the 13 awards that were presented at the ceremony.
TAFE NSW Excellence Award Winners:
Student of the Year – Holly Bartram, TAFE NSW Armidale
Agribusiness Student of the Year – Emily Southey, TAFE NSW Armidale
Apprentice of the Year – Clinton Larkings, TAFE NSW Orange
Trainee of the Year – Claire Bignell, TAFE NSW Parkes
Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills
Student of the Year – Kirsten Fitzpatrick, TAFE NSW Bathurst
Health, Wellbeing and Community Services Student of the Year
–Jeremy Kenny, TAFE NSW Lithgow
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award –
Holly Bartram, TAFE NSW Armidale
Innovative Manufacturing, Robotics and Science Student of the
Year – Clinton Larkings, TAFE NSW Orange
Infrastructure, Energy and Construction Student of the Year –
Mark Woodhead, TAFE NSW Dubbo
Technology and Business Services Student of the Year – Holly
Bartram, TAFE NSW Armidale
Tourism and Experience Services Student of the Year –Lucy
Schillert, TAFE NSW Gunnedah
VET in Schools Student of the Year – Kirsten Fitzpatrick, TAFE
SBATS Student of the Year – Lachlan Carpenter, TAFE NSW Orange
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338
2509, mobile 0427 901 515