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Then and Now – 1910s


Rewarding Excellence

In 1917 Collingwood Technical School student, Earnest Clay, was awarded a Grade 2 W.D Beazely Trade Scholarship in Fitting and Turning for which he received £10 and free instruction for 12 months. In 2010 Heather Newnham won an NMIT study grant, sponsored by Iskander Racing and Breeding, for her excellent performance during her Bachelor of Equine Studies.

The $12000 grant allowed her to travel to the United States where she spent five months attending equine related events and completed a short course in Advanced Equine Reproduction. Her trip to the US also led her to apply for an internship at Colorado State University in the reproductive management of mares and stallions which she will commence in January 2012.

Training for the Times

In 1912 Collingwood Technical School offered three-year evening courses in carpentry, plumbing, turning and fitting, bricklaying and plastering. Electrical and mechanical engineering and electrical wiring were added in 1915 and wood machining in 1918. In 2012 NMIT is accredited to deliver approximately 550 nationally recognised qualifications and over 410 Institute accredited courses across seven faculties including Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Business, Earth Sciences, Building and Construction, Further Education and Hospitality and Personal Services.

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