TAFE students from Wingham, Old Bar and Upper Lansdowne recently received major awards at the North Coast TAFE Student Recognition Awards held at the Osprey Restaurant, at Coffs Harbour Education Campus last week.
Students studied at both Great Lakes and Taree campuses of TAFE.
Electrotechnology student Marc Shielzeth, from Old Bar, won the apprentice of the year award, Joshua Bird from Wingham picked up the information technology award for his successful completion of his Diploma of Information Technology, and Merinda Ramage, from Upper Lansdowne won the creative industries award.
Chandra Armstrong studied her Certificate II in horse industry practice online through Taree campus and won the primary industries award.
North Coast TAFE's Leader of Community and Business Engagement for Manning-Great Lakes, Maura Luxford, said that she was extremely proud of the students and was very pleased that they had been recognised for their efforts.
"Receiving those top awards means they have been recognised as the best of the best, and that's a reflection of their own hard work and the great support provided by teaching and administrative staff from North Coast TAFE," Ms Luxford said.
Nursing student Sally Avery, a Birpai woman from Port Macquarie, received the two top awards of student of the year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year.
Andrew Saunders, leader, business Relationships and pathway design Aboriginal Learning Circle, North Coast TAFE NSW said: "the Aboriginal Learning Circle is about a new approach to communication, engagement and collaboration to optimise learning and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people and communities.
"We believe in customisation and inclusivity to it's fullest potential so that the right people and stakeholders are involved when delivering culturally safe programs and training. I would like to congratulate Sally on her achievement."
The four winning students have been nominated for the wider NSW State Training Awards for the Northern region.