The end of April also sees the end of an era, with TAFE SA Regional’s Community Liaison Officer Kate McLeod retiring after 26 years of service.
For the last two and a half decades Kate has been the first friendly face people see at the Coober Pedy Campus.
“My role at TAFE SA was a bit like the Nike slogan ‘Just do it.’ I did anything and everything to help students and staff, and I loved it”, said Kate.
During her time at TAFE SA Kate has seen several changes and achievements, both locally and state-wide. This includes in particular seeing the development of the current Coober Pedy Campus and TAFE SA Regional winning the national award for Large Training Provider of the Year for 2011.
“I saw the development of the new campus from the previous ‘tin shed’ to the modern structure that stands today”, said Kate.
“I have enjoyed the vibrancy of TAFE SA when the campus was booming and I got out of bed every day excited about going to work.”
When asked what she will miss the most, Kate was quick to reply that it would be the people.
In her role Kate has seen three generations of the Aboriginal community through their studies, and experienced the highs and lows of many student journeys, from initial enquiry through to graduation and beyond.
“In the last week a young lad who completed his mining qualification with TAFE SA came into the campus to finalise his resume. He ended up winning the job and I felt quite emotional, because that is what TAFE SA is all about: seeing a student take an opportunity that changes their life.”
Kate McLeod’s last day at Coober Pedy Campus was on Friday 27 April 2012.
The good news for Coober Pedy is the campus will soon have a new Community Liaison Officer. In the meantime, all enquiries will be handled by TAFE SA’s Port Augusta Campus (ph 8648 9922).
During May Senior First Aid and Child Safe Environment training will be run at the Coober Pedy Campus, with other training being programmed over the next few months.