Inverell Community College student Emma Kastelein was named runner up vocational student of the year at the state training awards in Tamworth recently.
Emma was honoured and said she had only positive things to say about her adult learning experience.
"I have referred many work colleagues and friends to explore the options of VET training at the Inverell CC to gain skills for employment and self-development for life".
She described her training experience as amazing.
"I have been encouraged to overcome barriers and have been supported to successfully achieve, not only the qualification, but employment where my passion for helping others is," she said.
After studying a Certificate III in Individual Support specialising in disability work, Emma was recognised last year as one of three national outstanding learners for Adult Learner's Week.
She received a scholarship towards her studies and planned to enrol in a Cert IV in Disability.
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.