IEA TAFE celebrates Largest Graduation Ever
On Friday 2nd August IEA TAFE held its biannual graduation for 420 semester 1 graduates – these were in the areas of Business, Accounting, IT, Hospitality, Tourism and Children’s Services. The key note speaker was Governor Anderson Agiru from Hela Province. Other dignitaries included Mrs Ruby Zarriga, Chairperson of IEA TAFE Board and Mr Stanis Tao, Chairperson of the IEA Board. Mr Tao had two of his daughters graduating.
TAFE Manager Phil Oakley remarked that 420 graduates represented an 80 percent completion rate for the 520 students enrolled at TAFE for the first semester, one of the highest graduation outcomes achieved at the College. “This outcome was achieved through the efforts of our Trainers, who have gone that extra mile to ensure that each student has every opportunity of achieving competency in their courses. The relationship with TAFE Australia, who are coming up to undertake their annual audit of the College in September, ensures that the high standards of program delivery are maintained. IEA TAFE has the highest benchmark of any vocational college in PNG” said Mr Oakley. “This international standard results in positive recognition by the industry, and therefore high
employment outcomes for our graduates” he continued.
Governor Agiru congratulated the College of TAFE and invited IEA College of TAFE to participate in a Public – Private partnership in the delivery of TAFE programs in Hela Province, and congratulated all the students graduating today.
As well as graduates from TAFE’s institutional programs, there were graduates from industry and Government in the Diploma of Government Services, the Diploma of Management and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. One of the highlights was the graduation of our own IEA staff in the Diploma of Library and Information Services. 1100 students and guests attended this graduation event.