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Julie breaks through barriers

Nollamara resident Julie Nguyen hasn’t let a language or hearing barrier stop her from achieving her goals or winning the South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) Cultural Diversity Training Award.

The awards recognise the achievements of students from across SM TAFE, as well as five major award winners in the categories Apprentice of the Year, International Student of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year Award, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and the Cultural Diversity Training Award.

Julie, who is of Vietnamese heritage, wanted to improve her English capabilities as Australian Sign Language (Auslan) is her first language.

Last year Julie decided to study a Certificate IV in English as an Additional Language at SM TAFE Carlisle to improve her English.

SM TAFE Student Support Services provided Julie with an Auslan interpreter in class who facilitated communication between Julie, other students and lecturers for Julie to participate in all group discussions and class presentations.

“My plan is to study a Certificate IV in Accounting course at SM TAFE next semester and after that I want to studying coding at university,” Julie said.

“I have an interest in learning to code and I would like to design an app for deaf people to use since there are not many Auslan apps.”

SM TAFE Executive Director of Access Community & Health and panel chair Carole Little said Julie has shown amazing resilience to achieve her studies.

“Julie is an excellent role model for other students, her story of success is due to her devotion to achieving anything she sets her mind to,” Ms Little said.

SM TAFE’s Student Support Services works across all campuses in partnership with staff, students and disability networks to strengthen the organisation’s culture of inclusion and to ensure students have every opportunity to achieve their personal aspirations and career goals. 

English courses are for adults from non-English speaking backgrounds to develop your language and literacy skills to seek and maintain employment and participate in the community.

Page last updated June 19, 2020