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Notes 57 Kelli Gray A brighter future for Indigenous students A desire to help Aboriginal children reach their full potential was what prompted Kelli Gray to undertake an Education Support Course through TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute’s Open Training and Education Network (OTEN). “I chose this course to further my knowledge and to help Indigenous students with their studies within educational settings. Helping Aboriginal children to reach their full potential is very important to me,” said Kelli. The 2010 TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year chose to study her course by distance so that she could continue with her home and work commitments. “ The best thing about studying at OTEN is the flexibility it offered me. This made it very easy for me to continue my normal day to day activities whilst doing my course. Also by studying at OTEN I didn’t have to worry about placing my children in day care or worrying who was going to pick my children up from school, as I could always be there for them.” “OTEN offered me great support with all of my study needs. I found the course teachers really great to speak to and they gave me so much support it made my study time very easy. I was also able to contact the OTEN Aboriginal Education and Training Unit for other support whenever I needed it, and staff were always happy to help me with my requests.” The Certificate III in Education Support Course equips people for working with Indigenous students as Aboriginal Education Officers. “I have personally gained from my studies from learning more about Aboriginal culture. I am very proud of my heritage and I love to learn more about it,” said Kelli. Kelli, who was a regional finalist for the 2010 NSW Training Awards, is now undertaking further TAFE NSW studies through OTEN and hopes to obtain teaching qualifications at university. She currently works in a volunteer capacity at her local school, assisting Indigenous students with their studies. Relieving Institute Director Anne Ford said that TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute aims to offer a high level of support to all students and specifically caters to Indigenous students. “Indigenous students are well supported at OTEN and at all Western Sydney Institute colleges through our Aboriginal Education and Support Units,” said Ms Ford. 60 SECONDS WITH...
2010 OTEN Course and Career Guide