TWO former Singleton school students have been recognised for their results in vocational studies, with each being awarded the 2011 Australian Vocational Student Prize.
Meghann Coffey from Singleton High School and Monica Redgrove from St Catherine’s Catholic College, who both completed their higher school certificates last year, have each received $2000 as part of the award which promotes the value of gaining vocational skills while at school.
The award, provided by the federal Department of Education, Employment and Work Place Relations recognises the important role vocational education plays in preparing students for further training and employment.
Currently studying arts at Newcastle University, Meghann hopes to transfer to physiotherapy next year.
She gained her award for her outstanding commitment and achievements in the hospitality course where she gained band six, the highest higher school certificate band.
Working part-time at the local Fusions restaurant at Mid City Motor Inn, Meghann is putting skills she learnt at school to good use.
Monica is already on her way to pursuing a career in her chosen field – child care.
Monica received her award for childcare studies taken by correspondence through the technical and further education system.
Now working at Saint Patrick’s Early Education Centre, while studying for her diploma in child services, Monica was thrilled to receive the award and is hoping to use the funds to travel to South Australia.