Students' hard work pays off

Bob Walker Memorial Award winner Shanea Rossiter with son Bailey and lecturer Alison Ahlhaus.
Bob Walker Memorial Award winner Shanea Rossiter with son Bailey and lecturer Alison Ahlhaus. Contributed

STUDENTS from the "Class of 2011" tossed their academic caps to the sky after the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE's annual graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Though the alumni studied subjects as diverse as photography and community welfare, they all shared one vision - to put their new skills to use in the workplace.

TAFE director Trevor Schwenke said the future looked bright for the industry-ready graduates.

"The graduates should feel extremely proud of their achievements," he said.

"Their workplace skills and industry-focused training will help progress their career aspirations and job prospects within the local industry."

Education and training director Ailsa Leacy opened the ceremony by welcoming guests and graduates, followed by an address by Heritage Bank chief executive officer John Minz.

Diploma of Accounting graduate Adam Willemse then responded on behalf of the graduating cohort.

Photo imaging graduate Shanea Rossiter was presented with the school's prestigious FOCAS Bob Walker Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Achievement.

She was chosen after achieving top course results while holding down full-time work, starting her own photographic business in Warwick, and for her generous contribution to her local community.

Diploma of Community Welfare Work recipient Margaret-Ann Stanley received the Sid Stainton Teachers Award for Academic Excellence Memorial Trophy for her outstanding commitment to her college and the wider community.

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