The Centre’s Anne Pennington Award is celebrated each year in Adult Learners Week to honour the memory of Anne Pennington who passed away on Christmas Eve in 2004. Anne was a highly respected and much loved staff member of The Centre, and before that of Forum, Benalla. On her resignation due to ill health in 2004 the Board of Governance of The Centre decided that an award would be named in her honour to acknowledge her contributions to adult learning and her many strengths and qualities as a person
The Award Ceremony took place at The Centre in Chisholm Street the 3rd September. Students are nominated for the award based on their enjoyment of, and engagement with learning, as well as development of knowledge and skills, care and encouragement of others, persistence and teamwork.
In 2014, the four nominees were, Chase Jackson, Kathy Johnson, Mya Meadows, and Victoria Davern, all from Wangaratta. Each of the nominees have unique backgrounds and reasons for being nominated including success in Sport and Recreation for Chase Jackson, gaining an automotive apprenticeship for Victoria Davern, studying a Certificate IV in Disability Services for Mya Meadows and Kathy Johnson who has shown amazing commitment to improving her vocational opportunities through personal education.
Jo Maples from The Centre who assists in coordinating the event said “This is an event we look forward to each year at The Centre. Every year we have a really high calibre of nominees and it’s always a tough job for the judges to select the award recipient- each nominee is deserving of the award and to be nominated is something they should be really proud of”.
The recipient of the 2014 Anne Pennington Award was Mya Meadows from The Centre's Greta Road Campus, who received a framed certificate and $500 to support her future studies and education.
On Thursday the 4th September, a special morning tea event was held at The Centre’s Greta Road Campus in partnership with the Carevan Wangaratta and Inner Wheel Club of Wangaratta to hand over the Carevan’s previous vehicle to the automotive students at The Centre.
Various organisations and supporters were recognised for their support of the Carevan Wangaratta, particularly in sourcing a new vehicle for the Carevan. Morning tea was prepared by the students from Greta Road, which was prepared in assistance with the ladies from Inner Wheel, who also assist in a joint project in preparing meals for the Carevan on a monthly basis with the students.
The students are very excited to have a vehicle on campus that they can work on and get practical ‘hands on’ experience with teacher Ian Burrowes. A fantastic project and thank you to Carevan Wangaratta for their generous donation to The Centre students.
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 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: