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One Million Enrolments, One Million Stories

29 Oct 2013

After 101 years of operation NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) is celebrating its one millionth enrolment.

The honour of being NMIT’s one millionth enrolment has gone to Gina Fasanella, a qualified chef who has enrolled in NMIT’s Diploma of Business at the Preston campus. After completing the short course “How to Start a Successful Business” at NMIT, Gina decided to enrol at NMIT full-time.

“I had already experienced NMIT through my short course and I was really happy with it, plus it was a lot cheaper than my other options,” said Gina. “NMIT is close to my house as well, so it was a really easy decision.”

As NMIT’s one millionth enrolment, Gina, who currently works for hospitality equipment supplier Hotel Agencies, will graduate from an Institute with a rich history of technical education.

NMIT started with humble beginnings as a technical school on Johnston Street. Initially, NMIT only had 57 students, all boys as young as 14 studying preliminary carpentry and pattern-making, plumbing, engineering, sheet iron work and bricklaying. Today NMIT’s current enrolments exceed 70,000 over 7 campuses.

During the lead up to the Institute’s one millionth enrolment, NMIT’s Student Life and Media (SLAM) team ran a competition amongst students to see if anyone could guess what course the one millionth enrolment would be in. With over 900 entries collected, the lucky winner was Bachelor of Music Industry student William Jolley, who correctly guessed the Diploma of Business.

NMIT’s lucky one millionth enrolee and the winner of the SLAM enrolment competition both come away with an NMIT hamper which includes an Ipad, NMIT wine, a gym membership, a voucher for massage at NMIT and a voucher for dinner at NMIT’s St. Georges restaurant.

Image Caption: Gina Fasanella, pictured with NMIT CEO Andy Giddy (centre) and the winner of the student competition to guess the course for the one millionth enrolment, Bachelor of Music Student, William Jolley.


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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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