TAFE SA’s Women’s Education Program celebrated with graduating students from across the state last week at a graduation ceremony held at Adelaide City Campus.
A total of 65 students, who completed their studies over the past 12 months, graduated from across three campuses, Port Adelaide, Adelaide and Elizabeth with Certificate II, III and IV in Women’s Education.
TAFE SA graduate, Sonja Jaber from Modbury, said the Women’s Education program opened up a whole new world for her. After completing the Certificate II and III in Women’s Education, Sonja went on to complete a Diploma in Community Services and has now secured entry to Flinders University to undergo studies in social work and psychology.
“While studying Women’s Education I gained confidence, knowledge, courage and brilliant skills. The knowledge and skills I have gained have allowed me to secure a part time position with a community service provider,”
“My studies in Women’s Education also allowed me to overcome many barriers and obstacles in my life, particularly the cultural differences I faced as a migrant woman from the middle-east moving to Australia.” Sonja said.
TAFE SA lecturer, Janette Riggs said Sonja is a brilliant example of a successful graduate who has used her Women’s Education studies as a pathway to further education both at TAFE and University as well as gaining employment.
“We were so impressed with Sonja’s achievements during her time in Women’s Education that we have nominated her for the Vocational Student of the Year Award in the 2015 SA Training Awards,” Janette said.
Sonja credits her success to the supportive environment and inspiring lecturers in TAFE SA who have guided her every step of the way.
The graduation ceremony was attended by 100 guests, including the Hon Gail Gago MLC, Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, TAFE SA Board Member, Miriam Silva and TAFE SA CE, Robin Murt.
The Women’s Education program is designed to provide pathways for women, whether vocational or educational. The curriculum provides additional career support in the way of exploring a range of vocational options as well as providing an opportunity to develop a career portfolio, study plan and flexible study options, whilst providing access to a safe, non-threatening learning environment.
Many graduates go on to do further study both at TAFE or University and credit their successful transition to the educational and work environment to qualities and skills gained whilst studying in the Women’s Education program.