Inverell Community College student Emma Kastelein is a role model. This week she was recognised as one of three national outstanding learners for Adult Learner’s Week #ALW2018, receiving a scholarship towards her studies.
Emma, who is currently studying Certificate III in Individual Support specialising in Disability work through the Community College, works with clients from Best Community Connections teaching dramatics through with the Drama Dreams program. She also volunteers with a primary school, assisting children with disabilities, in drama, singing and music.
After leaving high school early, Emma overcame some significant barriers to return to study. In 2017 after a visit to the Inverell Community College Campus, Emma was encouraged to join their Foundations class. This class helps build the foundations for students to gain employment or successfully enrol in further study. Through this positive experience Emma enrolled in her current course and is due to graduate this year.
Emma says that learning has really helped to turn her life around – both at work and socially.
This scholarship will help Emma to further her education. She is planning to enrol in a Certificate IV in Disability at the Community College and also learn some sign language skills to help assist her employment in the disability sector.
Inverell Community College Coordinator, Tania Archer said “Adult education courses increase people’s competence, confidence, self-sufficiency and general well-being. Being apart Emma ‘transformation into a confident capable student and employee has been inspiring. It has been a pleasure to a part her journey. Learning really does change lives”