Students at University of Wollongong Bega campus graduate 2017 Pathways Program

GRADUATING CLASS: T Ball, D O’Hanlon, C Gammon, B Bobeldyk, S Frazer, trainer Lee-anne Todd, D Holka, N Morris, J Skinner, I Pittolo, G Sinclair and J Sinclair.
GRADUATING CLASS: T Ball, D O’Hanlon, C Gammon, B Bobeldyk, S Frazer, trainer Lee-anne Todd, D Holka, N Morris, J Skinner, I Pittolo, G Sinclair and J Sinclair.

A group of students at the University of Wollongong Bega campus have taken a step closer to their goals by completing the Careers Pathways Program. 

Two graduating classes attended the ceremony on Tuesday, December 5, the aging and support course and the leadership and management course. 

Both courses are designed to prepare students for the workforce or to continue studying at the University of Wollongong. 

UOW Bega campus manager Samantha Avitaia said the Pathways Program opened so many doors.

“You may not be ready to walk through that door just yet, but now it’s an option for you,” she said. 

“Until you’ve had a door shut in your face, you don’t know how hard it can be, so I’m very proud of all of you.”

Daniel Holka completed his leadership and management course. After taking a holiday next year he wants to make a start in his career. 

“I think a lot of employers are looking for something a little bit different, or something extra,” he said. 

“A lot of people my age have done the HSC, but I’ve chosen this instead because it is going to set me apart.” 

Sophie Fraser also completed the leadership and management course. She said it was difficult, but rewarding. 

Ms Fraser left Year 10 two years ago and has been working in hospitality and retail ever since. She is hoping her qualification will help her start a career as a nurse. 

Bega Valley Shire Council director of strategy and business services Graham Stubbs addressed the graduates at the ceremony to congratulate them on their achievement.

“Your training and skills will benefit the whole valley, and as a result, shape our whole community,” he said.

“On average, every job we keep in the valley will generate two more.”

He encouraged the graduates to keep persisting in their training, and assured them that council will find ways to start and establish their careers locally.