The 2014 Wangaratta Regional Final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge was held at GOTAFE Tower Restaurant on Thursday the 14th August.
GOTAFE judges, Clive Lomas and Carol Lenaz had the mighty task of dealing with a tie breaker situation, with the winner being Wangaratta High School (Jack Jeffries and Tara Condron) by the narrowest of margins ahead of Galen College and Mansfield Secondary College.
The Wodonga Regional Final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge was held at Wodonga TAFE on Wednesday the 13th August. The regions finalists were Bright P12 and Tallangatta Secondary College (Catholic College Wodonga forfeited) and they presented some amazing dishes with a professional creative flair. The wonderful judges for Wodonga were Matthew Wright, Farrah Reid (Pinchos Catering) and Andrea Burgio (Andiamo Street Food).
Tallangatta Secondary College was awarded the title and will be competing in the Grand Final in Wangaratta at Galen College on Monday the 15th September.
Shane and Angela from The Centre's Workplace Learning Program would like to thank all of the judges and guests on both of these days- well done Shane and Angela for doing such a fantastic job with the MRCC series. For further information about the MRCC, please contact Shane Crispin or Angela Pesavento: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Centre's Greta Road students studying Certificate in General Education for Adults, have been involved in a community project with the Rural City of Wangaratta and the Yarrunga South Wangaratta Action Group to design a mural for the Mitchell Avenue reserve tennis courts.
They have also been working with a Melbourne design art team, Vintage Customs and have had an excursion to Melbourne to explore the city's graffiti scene and research ideas. The project is something the students can be very proud of with the new artwork having an awesome effect on the wall with key words like 'respect and freedom'. Well done to those involved!
The annual Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) awards were held at Deakin Edge at Federation Square with Education Minister Martin Dixon presenting the awards. For the second year in a row the Wangaratta learning community has been represented by Wangaratta District Specialist School (WDSS) students, this year with students Luke Devine, Sarah Todd, and Tom Newton receiving the VCAL Student Achievement Award/Intermediate Team Achievement Award from Minister Dixon in the presence of their fellow students , parents and community members.
The students received their award for their involvement in the highly successful Spirit of Christmas Wangaratta community inclusion partnership project that provided 6,500 presents to the north east community, from a free gift shop located in Faithful st Wangaratta last December. The students took a lead role in all parts of the project including hospitality, marketing, planning, administration and manufacturing of gifts which were all linked to their VCAL Learning Outcomes.
WDSS and The Centre Workplace Learning Program received the Partner Achievement Award for their engagement of the business & wider community in the support of the students working on the Spirit of Christmas Wangaratta. VCAL Coordinator Rosie O’Brien said "We are just so proud of our students and our community for such a great effort. To be recognised with the awards is just fantastic and a real boost to our school.
The Centre’s Workplace Learning Coordinator Shane Crispin said "The project was successful because it had a great community behind it, dedicated school leadership,staff ,students, passionate community mentors and it was about helping those less fortunate in our community without judgement. The partnership award belongs to everyone who helped us put smiles on so many faces .We cannot thank our community enough. We all cannot wait to do it bigger and better this year."
The Centre is a proud member of Community Colleges Australia (CCA)- the peak body for not-for-profit community owned learning organisations across Australia.
The community education sector delivers accredited vocational education and training (VET) to hundreds of thousands of people each year, from pre-vocational through to Advanced Diploma courses across a diverse range of skill requirements and industry areas.
To find out more about CCA click here: http://www.cca.edu.au/index.html and you can also watch this inspiring video from some students across the country who have undertaken study at their local community college: