Tim Grevell receives the Environment Award for Achievement in Construction, presented by Wide Bay Institute of TAFE director Trevor Schwenke.
Tim Grevell receives the Environment Award for Achievement in Construction, presented by Wide Bay Institute of TAFE director Trevor Schwenke.

Frodo features in students journey

THE HOBBIT, Frodo, was an unlikely character to play a part during the graduation ceremony for Wide Bay TAFE students at the Maryborough campus.

Addressing the end-of-year event, senior officer Selina Black told students that JRR Tolkien’s internationally celebrated book trilogy, Lord of the Rings, took him 12 years to write and demonstrated his persistence, thoroughness and attention to detail.

“Frodo’s travels also offer an inspirational account of an adventure we can all take solace in as students and learners.

“He is an example of overcoming adversity, facing your fears and learning what you are capable of, no matter how small or insignificant you may feel.

“TAFE study means putting in the energy, the effort, the tireless hours and overcoming anxieties in order to realise that from little things, big things really do grow.”

Across the region there were more than 11,300 students enrolled during 2009 in more than 150 program areas.

This year Maryborough campus alone had 1100 students enrolled and most graduates are going straight into employment.

Practical experience is built into all TAFE programs.

Ms Black said the graduation ceremony not only represented successful completion of a range of courses but was also a major step towards providing a skilled workforce to serve local industry.

She recognised the generous contribution employers and community organisations made.

“While we pay a lot of attention in the classroom to integrating theory and practice, there is absolutely no substitute for real-life experience to develop well rounded, job-ready graduates.”



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