Inspirational student builds promising career

Monday, 06 July 2009

Inspirational Challenger TAFE civil engineering student Kristy Vickers survived brain surgery and went on to win an outstanding student award and a training scholarship.

The Coolbellup resident and mother of three had an operation to correct medical problems last March during her Certificate III in Civil and Structural Engineering. The surgery had the potential to leave her without sight, movement or language functions.

Kristy’s lecturers felt that she was an ideal candidate for Challenger TAFE’s outstanding student award in civil engineering which she won this April. The award acknowledges high achieving students from the previous year.

“This woman’s courage and determination has been inspiring,” lecturer Cindy Egan said.

“I could not think of a more deserving person to win an award that recognises enthusiastic and dedicated students.”

Kristy had her operation four weeks into the certificate but Kristy was back in class with her customary commitment to training only two weeks later.

“Challenger TAFE’s flexible delivery options, combined with the support of the lecturers, enabled me to complete my diploma without too much interruption,” Kristy said.

“I really wanted to get back to studying - I couldn’t stand being at home!”

Kristy has always been interested in building and architecture and decided to start her career path with the College’s Certificate III in Civil and Structural Engineering, progressing to a Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering.

After completing the diploma, she was accepted into a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia and now plans to undertake the Masters program.

Kristy has also won a scholarship to return to Challenger TAFE to complete the Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering. With characteristic ambition, she will undertake this qualification alongside her university studies.

“My training at Challenger TAFE has given me a really great foundation for my career and I’m really looking forward to the advanced diploma, where I will be able to start creating my own designs,” Kristy said.

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