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Top northern suburbs students recognised at NMIT Awards

25 Apr 2011

Some of the northern suburbs best and brightest were recognised recently at the annual NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) 2011 Study Grants Presentation evening.

Students from a diverse range of disciplines ranging from equine studies, renewable energy and cookery to massage, disability services and horticulture received prizes ranging in value from $1000 up to $12,500. In all, 123 students from NMIT's Preston, Collingwood, Heidelberg, Fairfield, Greensborough and Epping campuses, received awards totalling $192,940 in value.

The awards are given to students who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to their studies and achieve academic excellence.

This year's study grants also featured significant Study Tour prizes which give students amazing opportunities to tour and work in international operations related to their studies.

Epping campus Renewable Energy students to visit China

Two students from NMIT's (Epping campus) Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Renewable Energy, Elin Bernehjalt and Luke Smith, received study tour awards from the Australian Clean Energy Technologies Contractors and Supplier's Association to the value of $5200 each. Their study tour prize includes an all expenses paid eight day Renewable Energy Awareness Tour of China including visits to leading Chinese Renewable Energy developers and manufacturers, meeting influential decision makers and innovators in the global renewable energy industry and networking with young Chinese Renewable Energy graduates. The students will also represent the Australian Renewable Energy Technology industry at a number of promotional events.

Fifteen delegates from the Chinese Renewable Energy industry attended the Study Grants Presentation Evening to see Elin and Luke receive their awards and both students accompanied the delegation to a meeting with Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, the following day.

“This is such an amazing opportunity, both on a personal level for experience and knowledge development, but also for the priceless insight and new contacts within the renewable energy industry,” says Study Grant winner, Elin Bernehjalt.

Epping campus Equine and Viticulture and Winemaking students to work in some of the world's best studs and wineries

Equine Studies and Viticulture and Winemaking students (Epping campus) also received major study tour prizes ranging in value from $8000 to $12500. The tour prizes provide funding for students to take up extended work placements at leading horse stud operations in Australia and overseas. This year's winners are planning to gain valuable work experience at top stud operations either in Australia or with overseas breeders in countries such as Wales, Ireland and Europe.

Diploma of Equine Stud Management student and winner of the Yallambee/Eliza Park (God's Own Syndicate) study tour award, Shannon Jelic, plans to use her $8000 prize to further her experience by working in the premier United States horse breeding region of Kentucky.

“It (winning the study tour award) is a great head start and I hope to work in yearling preparation and sales while I'm there,” says Shannon who plans to work as a Yearling Manager and, eventually, as a Stud Manager in the future. “I hope to learn more techniques and having northern and southern hemisphere experience will make me more sought after in the industry.”

Indigenous students from Preston, Fairfield and Heidelberg campuses recognised

Study Grants were also received by a number of NMIT indigenous students from the Institute's Preston, Fairfield and Heidelberg campuses studying a variety of disciplines including Community Services, Finance, Massage and Sport (Development), Illustration and Plumbing.

“The students were excited and honoured that their efforts in study had been recognised,” said NMIT Koorie Liaison Officer, Steve van Nus. “I think the study grant awards night is a great way to show Indigenous students that they are acknowledged and welcomed in education."

Awards supported by local businesses and organisations

Study Grants and Tours were sponsored by a wide selection of industries, local organisations and businesses such as Preston based ADEC (Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, Community) who specialise in assisting people with disabilities from ethnically diverse backgrounds. ADEC sponsored a $1000 prize awarded to Certificate IV in Disability student, Yolanda Boyd (Preston campus), who has also been offered a work placement opportunity with ADEC.

“As operators in the disability field we were aware that NMIT has a good Health and Community Studies Department and their training was excellent and that's why we are willing to support their study grants program ... it's important to support the local college,” said ADEC Manager, Keith Hitchin.

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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