Kathryn successfully completed a Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) at Bendigo TAFE using the Free TAFE grant.
“Because of Free TAFE I was able to study, keep up with home commitments and get employed. It wouldn’t have been a possibility if not for this grant,” said Ms Stanford, who also clinched Bendigo TAFE’s 2021 Student of the Year: Health Award.
Kathryn works as an endorsed enrolled nurse at Inglewood and Districts Health Services, and attributes her success to her studies at TAFE.
"This course has given me a sense of personal achievement and confidence in my own ability that I was lacking beforehand,” she said.
“I hope that other mature age students are able to take the leap and enrol in a course that they believe will improve their employment opportunities. For regardless of the many challenges, we are all capable of stepping outside our comfort zones and achieving what we envision as impossible with a little encouragement and reassurance."