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Excellence in support for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing recognised in Victorian Training Awards

29 Jul 2010

The Centre of Excellence for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been nominated as a finalist for two categories in the 2010 Victorian Training Awards.

Nominated in both the Victorian Training Initiative of the Year and the Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award categories, the Centre of Excellence had to complete a rigorous application and interview process to make it to the finalist stage.

The nomination for Victorian Training Initiative of the Year is in recognition of the Centre's delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in Auslan while the nomination for the Client Service/Support Excellence Award category was based on the overall work undertaken by the Centre of Excellence.

Operating under the auspices of NMIT (Preston campus), the Centre of Excellence has been in existence since 1993 and is funded by Skills Victoria to work on a systemic level to provide information and advice to the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector - particularly teaching staff - in order to enhance the participation and learning experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It also provides niche training programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. The Centre works closely with disability liaison staff across all TAFE institutes in Victoria.

The Centre's coordinator, Cathy Clark, said, "The staff of the Centre have worked tirelessly for many years and it is exciting to have our work recognised in this way. It is a tremendous honour to be a finalist in two categories."

The Victorian Training Awards program promotes and rewards outstanding achievements and innovations by students, apprentices, trainees, teachers, employers and training organisations across 14 categories to build a world class vocational education training system in Victoria.

The winners of all 14 categories will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards Presentation Dinner on 14 September 2010. For further information about the Awards, go to

To learn more about the Centre of Excellence, go to

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