For the first time ever Central’s Boom Radio had the opportunity to compete against college radio stations from around the world and guess what… we won, twice.
2015 was the first year that applications outside of the USA and Canada have been accepted for the RadioStar Awards.
Boom Radio, Central’s student-run music station, won two awards including Best Music Show for the local music program Booms Backyard, a show dedicated to promoting local music including Central music student’s recordings.
Boom Radio also won Best Artist for a radio station that introduces, promotes and supports a local artist to the college platform. Boom introduced Kat Wilson, a former Central music student to the college radio scene with great success.
RadioFlag is an organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting college radio. It presents the RadioStar Awards to celebrate and reward the fresh original content of college radio and elevate it to a larger audience.
The RadioStar awards feature a panel of judges consisting of radio industry professionals, RadioStar Blog writers, and RadioFlag interns who all share a passion for college radio while still ‘keeping it real’.
With Boom Radio confirmed as an international leader, it shows out students are tuned in to original broadcasting.
As a 15 year old, following a long stay in Sudan, Shouna seized control of her studies and chose to leave school and go to Central and be responsible for her own learning. Through hard work and some guidance from Central staff, Shouna completed her studies in 2011 with a Diploma of Human Resource Management and a pathway for further study at university.
How did you come to be at Central?
In 2010 I travelled out of Australia for the first time to Sudan with my family. While there I saw how the students enjoyed their school studies and had good relationships with their teachers. This was something I didn’t have back home in Australia. The holiday was planned was for six months but I was supposed to return early to go back to school. However, I decided early in the holiday that I would attend Central instead.
Both of my parents had done courses in Central and enjoyed them, plus I was ready for a change of scene. When I returned to Australia I was lucky enough to speak to someone who mentioned the Launch Pad training program and I immediately enrolled and prepared for an awesome first semester at Central.
What courses did you choose and why did you choose them?
I began with the Certificate III Launch Pad program and then did a Certificate IV in Human Resources Management, before finally completing my Diploma of Human Resources Management. The reason I chose the Launch Pad was because I wanted to take control of my own learning. While on holiday in Sudan I saw how my cousins where treated like adults and teachers trusted them and spoke to them with a sense of respect. I was envious and wanted the same thing. I wanted a learning environment where I was responsible for my own learning.
The second course I did was Certificate IV in Human Resource Management,
After successfully completing the Cert IV in HR, (where I was the youngest member of the class) I wanted to continue. Doing the Diploma was the next, best thing for me to move on to. I loved the demanding workload and completed it all in the set timeframes with no issues.
What has been your journey since leaving Central?
After finishing my studies at Central I successfully entered Curtin University. From 2012, I have been completing my Bachelor of Commerce where I major in Human Resources Management. The courses I completed at Central certainly set down a clear path for me of what I should be doing.
Central was named Australia’s International Training Provider of the Year on Friday night at a special ceremony in Adelaide.
This is a landmark achievement for Central, who qualified for the Australian Training Awards following their recent success in this category at the State Training Awards.
The International Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of vocational education and training (VET) to full-fee paying international students in Australia.
Central MD Neil Fernandes was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the Institute, together with International Student Centre Manager, Anne Bauer.
“We see our international student program as an integral part of what we do at Central. Diversity characterises us. We currently have students from over 90 different countries studying here. It’s the attitude of our staff that has made this possible, not just in terms of the support they offer international students, but also for the fact that they welcome and celebrate the diversity that defines us”, he said.
“This win will enable us to further cement our position as the natural destination for international students heading to Western Australia. Natural in terms of our location, our spectrum of courses and the opportunities we offer both for further study and employment outcomes, either here, or back in the student’s home country.”
The award is also a great endorsement of the work that Central does with offshore partner institutions and governments, coupled with the student mobility programs Central has run for the last few years, which give students an opportunity to immerse themselves into the social and education cultures of other countries.
Last month, eight Environmental Science students from Central, together with their lecturer Gun Dolva, had a unique opportunity to visit Thailand care of the Federal Government’s Vocational Education and Training Outbound Mobility Program (VET Outbound).
The group gained invaluable work experience in the ecology field, while making a real difference towards the conservation of local species.
The VET Outbound Program provides support for VET students to undertake international short-term (less than six months) study experiences that relate to their course.
The students, currently studying a Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology (EMT), were based at Phang Nga and the work undertaken supported ongoing efforts by GVI (Global Vision International) towards conservation of marine and terrestrial habitats and species.
Work ranged from cleaning turtles, scrubbing turtle tanks, applying anti fungal solution, hiking in two national parks to conduct biodiversity surveys, identifying the species found and a collection of over 20 bags of trash from Thai Muang Beach.
“The ecological skills the students had learnt here at Central ended up fitting perfectly into the work they did at Phang Nga. Their ability to work in teams and in the field, which is something we do a lot here at Central, paid off wonderfully”, said EMT lecturer Gun Dolva.
“For me it confirmed that the EMT course and the activities we build into it prepares the students for work not only locally, but internationally as well.”