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Tien's tenacity leads to training success

Tien Marlow may be of hard of hearing but that hasn’t stopped from her pursuing her goal of working with deaf clients.

After being out of education and employment for several years, Tien decided 2019 was the year to concentrate on a career and herself.

Tien started studying a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course at South Metropolitan TAFE in Rockingham in 2019 and SM TAFE’s Student Support Services provided her with a note-taker and AUSLAN interpreter to assist her in class.

 “The first day of the course was overwhelming, but as the weeks went on, I proved to myself that I could do the course,” Tien said.

“I wanted to do the course because there is a need for support workers to work with deaf clients in the community.

“The class was very supportive, and the students and lecturers never made me feel left out.”

SM TAFE Portfolio Manager Rosalie Duke-Stanley said the lecturers noticed Tien’s determination from the moment they met her.

“Tien was always involved in the classroom activities and discussions, she was very organised and asked questions when she was unsure,” Rosalie said.

Tien has just completed work placement at Access Plus WA Deaf and wants to continue her studies with a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Support) and eventually hopes to find employment in the disability sector.

 “I would like to work with deaf clients with an intellectual disability, as I want to see them achieve their goals and improve their skills,” Tien 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.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is offered at SM TAFE in Rockingham and Thornlie and provides the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the disability support industry.

Students gain an understanding on how to support people with disabilities and help them maintain independence.

Page last updated July 18, 2019