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Celebrating Our 2016 Graduates!

Published: 02 May 2017

Picture 1: CIT nursing diploma graduates Kathleen Casey, Danielle Downie, Min Mae and Tegan Addison.
Picture 2: Rotary Club Weston Creek Prize winner Brandon Mackintosh and University of Canberra Prize and CIT Medal winner Lisa Bourke.
Picture 3: Rotary Club of Canberra City Prize and CIT Medal winner Tiffany Davies.

"I love it! Absolutely love it. That's where I wanted to end up," said CIT nursing graduate and University of Canberra (UC) Prize winner Lisa Bourke about landing job at Calvary Hospital's emergency department.

Lisa joined CIT graduates for CIT's annual Celebration of Graduation at CIT Bruce hall yesterday.

About 240 graduates in their colourful academic gowns were joined by hundreds of family members, friends, CIT leaders, teachers, trainers and other staff to acknowledge they'd earned a qualification and congratulate them for reaching an important milestone.

Not only was Lisa awarded a UC Prize recognising outstanding academic results, but a CIT Medal recognising her academic achievements.

UC Prize smooths path to degree course

Lisa said she was "very fortunate" to be offered work at Calvary immediately after graduating in December 2016 and being registered as an Enrolled Nurse. "I'm just really blessed that Calvary had the faith to put me in there straight away."

The UC Prize means she's earned a smooth pathway into university's nursing degree. Lisa said "absolutely" wants to further her nursing studies.

"My aim is to be an emergency professional so that just comes with time, experience and continuous learning. I can study at UC, but at the moment I want to refine my skills as an EN because there's scope to do what I'd like to do in that field."

"Excellent," was how Lisa described her experience studying at CIT.

"The facilities are really good. The lecturers really push you to be your best and stress how important your role when you get out in the community is, the trust and faith your patients and their families have in you and the care and attention that you need to pay to them and their health journey. And just the professionalism you need to display. That came through from all our lecturers."

Lisa was one of two exceptional graduates that were awarded both a prize donated by a CIT community partner and a CIT Medal recognising their academic achievements.

National Award Finalist Collects UC Prize and Medal

Tiffany Davies was awarded a Rotary Club of Canberra City Prize and a CIT Medal for multiple achievements during her training for a Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) [FDF30710].

The $250 prize recognises trade trainees that have demonstrated a high standard of craftsmanship and personal conduct throughout their studies. They must also have been recognised by their peers as having constantly displayed concern for others in their work group.

The now qualified barker/pastry cook, Tiffany won an Australian Baking Industry National Scholarship Award and CIT Award for Excellence during her studies. And she's a national finalist in Australasia's most prestigious annual baking prize, the 2017 LA Judge Award.

Tiffany completed her four year apprenticeship with Crust at Fyshwick Markets. This year she began studying for a Certificate IV in Patisserie [SIT31016].

"I'd love to travel and see patisserie and baking in different cultures around the world and hopefully one day open my little store somewhere," she said.

Jake Needs also won a $250 Rotary Club of Canberra City Prize for his achievements during his training for a Certificate III in Sports Turf Management [AHC31316].

The prize was awarded for the high level of craftsmanship Jake showed throughout his studies. Jake was also recognised by the NSW Golf Course Superintendents Association as the NSW Graduate of The Year.

Passion and Academic Achievements Rewarded

Brandon Mackintosh's long held passion and commitment to caring for animals was rewarded with a Rotary Club of Canberra - Weston Creek Prize valued at $300 awarded to a CIT graduate that made a valuable contribution to the community during their studies.

Brandon graduated from Certificate III in Companion Animal Services [ACM30410] last year. He's been a Junior Zoo Keeper and volunteer at the National Zoo and Aquarium for nine years. He's aiming to complete for a Certificate IV in Veterinarian Nursing [ACM40412] in future.

Brandon hasn't let a disability get in the way of what's "been a huge passion" since primary school. His CIT teachers described his assignments as "brimming over with outstanding explanations and creative ideas for the enrichment of animals".

"It's such an honour to be major prize winner," Brandon said. "Winning the prize shows me that I did the absolute best I can with my studies and how much my teachers respected me."

Other 2016 CIT graduate prize winners were:

Samuel Fenech -University of Canberra Prize (ACT Year 12 Certificate): awarded to the student that achieved an ACT Year 12 Certificate that qualified them to enrol at UC.

Stephen Carroll and Christopher Haley - Craig O'Neil Prize: awarded to a graduate articulating to a university to study accounting or a related discipline.

Ethan Taylor - Len Barratt Award: awarded to an Indigenous graduate that completed a certificate III or higher program of study at CIT.

CIT Medals were awarded to:

  • Liam Banyer, Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management [AHC31416]
  • Katrina Birtwistle, Diploma of Beauty Therapy [SHB50115]
  • Alice Blackshaw, Certificate III in Business Administration [BSB30415]
  • Michelle Cochrane, Certificate III in Horticulture [AHC31416]
  • Shane Dealy, Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) [CPC40110], Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management) [CPC40508], Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) [CPC40308]
  • Fenella Duriavig, Graduate Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation [PUA80412]
  • Heidi Duncan, Advanced Diploma of Adult Learning and Development [10051NAT]
  • Lucy Hudson, Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)
  • Khudadad Karimi, Diploma of Business Administration [BSB50215]
  • Victoria O'Brien, Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways [FSK20113]
  • Georgia Rechter, Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) [CHC33015]
  • Fathimath Sofeenaz, Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) [BSB60915]
  • Paula Subido, Advanced Diploma of International Hotel and Resort Management [10060NAT]
  • Christopher Tracey, Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology [MSS40216]
  • Lei Wang, Certificate IV in Community Services [CHC42015], Certificate IV in Community Development [CHC42115]
  • Rosemary Zeccola, Advanced Diploma of Accounting [FNS60215].

Congratulations to all our graduates. We wish all the best for your future endeavours.