As her graduation cap soared into the blue Bundaberg sky, Deanne Reeves looked forward to the next step in her blossoming new career.
Deanne, a former Sydney hairdresser, was one of 11 students who today graduated from Impact Community Service’s Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community).
It was a special day for all the graduates who have worked tirelessly under the guidance of course trainer Vicki Lyons.
“I loved this course,” Deanne said.
“I feel really fulfilled and happy when I’m making others happy and helping them.”
She moved from Sydney to Bundaberg with her partner and heard about the course through word of mouth.
“The practical placement and opportunity to help clients meet their needs was invaluable,” Deanne said.
“I’m employed here at Impact now. I’m so privileged that I’m able to start my new career at such an amazing place.”
Vicki said the students deserved their moment in the sun having invested so much of themselves into the 18-week course.
“They’ve done lots of work, firstly inside with the theory and then they moved onto the 120-hour vocational placement, which was at least three to four weeks, working within the industry and with individuals whether that be in their homes or at centres,” she said.
“It’s extremely important to have a course like this in Bundaberg.”
She said IMPACT’s unique approach with its wrap-around services ensured students had support, even at stressful times in their lives.
Vicki also thanked the organisations, including Centacare, Carinbundi, Endeavour Foundation, Forest View Aged Care facility in Childers and Caring Hearts Disability Support Services, for their support in facilitating the vocational placements.
This training is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
Impact's next Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) starts on March 23.
Interested students should call 4153 4233 for more information.