TAFE Western Sydney congratulated its first group of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) graduates on April 15. Four students completed the four-year degree which has thoroughly prepared them for the childcare industry.
Nirimba College’s Emily Wheeler said that she enjoyed the small class groups, supportive and approachable teachers and the opportunity to complete an internship in the final year.
“This degree has allowed me to work full time and study full time,” Emily said.
“It has helped to further develop my confidence and skills in creating high quality and meaningful activities and experiences for all children. It has also provided me with an in-depth understanding about the regulations, standards, and curriculums required to run every day routines.”
Eighty-nine students graduated from TAFE NSW’s Higher Education programs which included Graduate Certificates, Associate Degrees and Bachelor programs which were delivered in regional and metropolitan TAFE colleges in NSW. The degree programs are designed to meet industry related needs and to ensure that students are job ready when they graduate.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held at Turner Hall, Ultimo TAFE, Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Pam Christie said enrolments have grown from 23 students in 2011 to 1094 in 2015 with nine degree programs available to potential students including a new Fashion Design degree that commenced this year.
“TAFE courses have much smaller class sizes in the first year. Direct contact with lecturers is significantly higher at TAFE than at a university and there is a more structured and industry-specific environment in which to complete your studies. Classes are small enough for students to openly ask questions and have the ability to learn well”, said Ms Christie.
“Our retention rate is over 90% and this reflects the excellent student support that TAFE NSW offers. Most of our degree students are mature age and therefore are highly self-motivated people who enjoy the smaller class sizes”, said Ms Christie.
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