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Auto apprentice Thomas Rann (left) with his Apprentice of the Year Award, along with NSW TAFE Commission board member Warren Grimshaw, and CEO of Hunter Valley Training Company Sharon Smith (right)

 

Three high achievers from North Coast TAFE’s Kingscliff and Murwillumbah campuses have taken out top awards in this year’s Student Achievement Awards announced last week.

The awards recognised the efforts in 2012 of top-performing students from across North Coast TAFE’s 17 campuses and further afield, incorporating around 45,000 students.

Thomas Rann, who studied at Murwillumbah Campus and recently gained a highly sought-after job as a mechanic on the Ford Performance Racing V8 supercar team, won both the Apprentice of the Year Award and the Transport Faculty Achievement Award.

Faculty Director, Julie Board said that Thomas showed drive, communication and leadership and was a great advocate and ambassador for the auto trades and vocational training.

Lourna Huthnance studied her Certificate III in Customer Contact through Kingscliff campus and was awarded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.

Director of Community Development and Aboriginal Engagement, Heather McGregor, said that Lourna expected only the best from herself in order to provide only the best for others.

Tara McGhee, a Business Administration student who completed her Diploma at Kingscliff campus in 2012, won the Business Services Faculty Achievement Award.

Faculty Director Helyn Davison praised Tara’s courage and resilience ‘in the face of some daunting personal circumstances’ and her ‘drive and tenacity’.

 


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