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Awards 2021

Vocational Student of the Year - Diploma Finalists. Watch the video and hear from our finalists.

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Joyline Tait - 2021 winner

SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management with Certificate III in Live Production Services 

An inaugural Student Representative Council member and Student Ambassador, Joyline Tait is a high achieving student, who championed multiple virtual events and led her peers during a difficult year. 

She says she chose Holmesglen for its excellent reputation, industry connections and outstanding teachers. 

Joyline refused to let the pandemic negatively disrupt her ambitions and created her own industry placement opportunities.  

She ran virtual events on industry employment trends, hosted online trivia sessions, blogged on the Online Community and shared her remote learning insights with hundreds of Holmesglen staff. 

For the past seven years, Joyline has been a fundraiser for Manningham Council’s Relay for Life and a committee member for 18 months. Recently, she’s also worked at the Australian Open as a signage supervisor. 

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Michelle Shepherd

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

Michelle Shepherd’s nursing teachers say she’s an outstanding student whose incredible strength and compassion to others is truly inspirational. 

Michelle has worked in local government disability and trained as a phlebotomist, Michelle completed her Diploma of Nursing while undergoing oncology treatments for Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. 

Her teachers say Michelle saw the difference a nurse can make to others and applied her strong patient-centred philosophy to her classes, assignments and placements. 

A great role model and fighter for the health sector, she also played a leadership role with her younger classmates, drawing on her experiences and communication skills.  

Michelle’s dream is to be a palliative care nurse. She is also enthusiastic about studying our Bachelor of Nursing. 

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Joel Mphande 

CPC60115 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

Joel Mphande is a high distinction student who has juggled family, work and community commitments to obtain a new qualification that will help him serve Australian society. 

Each morning, Joel studied from his car for several hours before class. This strategy helped him maintain strong grades and keep time for his role as father to four children. 

As a child, Joel was fascinated by his parents’ house architectural plans and technical drawings. 

He is currently working at a building and surveying firm and hopes to be at the technical forefront of built environment solutions. He also aspires to help others lead rewarding lives through home ownership. 

An accomplished pianist, Joel is a past music director of Africa’s Got Talent and youth leader in his local community. 

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Awards Festival 2021

Now in its 24th year, our Awards Festival celebrates excellence in education and training.
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