Five local residents have been recognised at the New England Institute of TAFE awards ceremony held in Tamworth recently.
Chris Roberts, Liam O’Brien and Shannon Edwards were the three local students who excelled in their areas of expertise, whilst Brenda Carrigan and Steve Harris flew the Moree flag for the teaching staff at the Moree TAFE campus.
Mr Roberts received acknowledgment for his inspiring artwork that has been recognised both in Australia and on an international scale.
He has also recently been awarded the Moree TAFE Student of the Year award.
New England Institute of TAFE Business and Creative Services faculty director Belinda Pring believed Mr Roberts’ work was both unique and inspiring.
“Chris is definitely one of the great success stories to come out of Moree TAFE. He is not only a fantastic artist but also a great mentor for some of our younger students,” Mrs Pring said.
Mr O’Brien received a state medal for his work in Automotive Mechanical Technology where he received the highest pass mark across the region.
Mr Edwards also received a state award for Automotive Mechanical Technology.
He backed it up with a state sponsored award from the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers.
Mrs Carrigan’s years of hard work has paid off after receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award for her contribution to Businesses and Creative Services at the Moree TAFE campus.
“I was very happy to receive an award,” Mrs Carrigan said.
“It’s fantastic to hear that Moree has been recognised for the achievement of both staff and students at such a grand event,” she added.
Steve Harris also received an Excellence in Teaching Award for his contribution to Trades and Primary Industries.
The ceremony was held at the Tamworth Wests Leagues Club with more than 250 people in attendance.
Bill Harrigan was the master of ceremonies on the night.
Mrs Pring said it was the first time in recent years where both staff and students had received the prestigious awards.
Moree TAFE campus has seen more enrolment’s in semester one of 2012 than ever before.
Flexible learning, consistency in staff training and increases in technology has put Moree TAFE Campus on the map, according to Mrs Pring.
“We are so proud of all our award winners and are very happy with our TAFE campus here in Moree.
“It’s a great feeling to know we can compete with some of the bigger institutions across the state.”