Title

Remote community visit helps to promote VET at Notre Dame's Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 7-2-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place

Broome

Abstract

Three Broome Campus representatives have visited the Yungngora Community, 170 kilometres south west of the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing on Nookanbah Station to participate in a Careers Awareness Festival.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) manager, Terri Hughes, nursing lecturer, Sandy Williams and 2nd year nursing student, Elise Kerr, journeyed to the community to promote careers in health and education to students from schools across the Fitzroy Valley, including Yungngora’s own Kulkarriya Community School.

The students learned about employment and training opportunities from a variety of organisations. The Broome Campus group discussed the VET programs available at the Campus. Ms Williams and Ms Kerr used their nursing backgrounds to give the children some practical hints on health combining it with the fun activity of listening to their heart beat.

The Broome Campus VET courses currently have students enrolled from communities across the Kimberley. Many of the students recognised family members in the graduation photographs on display and it is hoped some of the students who participated in the festival will one day follow in their relatives’ footsteps and study at Notre Dame.

Ms Williams said many of the older students were already familiar with the Broome Campus and were interested in the VET Teacher Assistant courses.

The visitors were treated to a barbecue dinner and concert in the evening and visited some of the station’s woolsheds. Local celebrity Mary G also provided entertainment on the night. The group camped overnight before making the four and a half hour journey home.

“It was awesome. We had a great time. The whole community was fantastic and it was good to see the children having such fun,” Ms Williams said.

Media contact: Mike Doyle 08 9192 0668