Pro­gram gets na­tional award

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

THE team at TAFE Queens­land East Coast is cel­e­brat­ing a well-de­served win.

At the Aus­tralian Event Awards for 2017, its Diploma of Event Man­age­ment Pro­gram was crowned the na­tional win­ner in the Best Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Pro­gram cat­e­gory.

The win was an­nounced at the awards cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13, at The Events Cen­tre Caloundra, with the pro­gram se­lected as a stand­out by a judg­ing panel of in­de­pen­dent in­dus­try ex­perts ahead of three other na­tional fi­nal­ists.

TAFE Queens­land East Coast’s Diploma of Events Man­age­ment co-or­di­na­tor Ka­rina Ho­gan cred­ited the course’s im­mer­sive, hands-on ap­proach for the win.

“The Sun­shine Coast hosted so many world events last year, so get­ting to be in­volved and hav­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence was un­prece­dented for our stu­dents,” she said.

“They had the op­por­tu­nity to work with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als on a world stage and ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like work­ing within those pro­fes­sional teams.”

TAFE Queens­land’s ap­pli­ca­tion was sup­ported by an im­pres­sive list of in­dus­try in­sid­ers who had worked with the pro­gram’s stu­dents dur­ing some of the Sun­shine Coast’s big­gest and most il­lus­tri­ous events.

From the Aus­tralasian Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games to the Iron­man 70.3 Cham­pi­onships, all par­ties were im­pressed with the suc­cess the stu­dent in­volve­ment had brought to their event.

“Last year was such a great step­ping stone for our stu­dents, with this pro­gram’s prac­ti­cal hands-on ap­proach,” Ms Ho­gan said.

“We are so proud to have won this award and we will en­deav­our to con­tinue pro­vid­ing our stu­dents the best op­por­tu­ni­ties pos­si­ble through their train­ing.”

Now in its ninth year, the awards are con­sid­ered the most pres­ti­gious of their kind among in­dus­try lead­ers and event or­gan­is­ers from around the na­tion.

To find out more about TAFE Queens­land’s Diploma of Event Man­age­ment visit tafeeast­coast.edu.au.

❝ Last year was such a great step­ping stone for our stu­dents, with this pro­gram’s prac­ti­cal hands-on ap­proach.

— Ka­rina Ho­gan

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP GONG: TAFE Queens­land East Coast is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter its Diploma of Event Man­age­ment was crowned the na­tional win­ner in the Best Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Pro­gram cat­e­gory of the Aus­tralian Event Awards for 2017.

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