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Lakisha in finals

Saturday, 6th October, 2018

Lakisha Sloane Lakisha Sloane

By Emily Ferguson

Lakisha Sloane has been selected in the top eight finalists in the second annual Community Education Student of the Year Award. 

Lakisha attends Robinson College and is enrolled in and has completed numerous courses.

All colleges that are a part of Community Colleges Australia are encouraged to nominate a student of their choosing who they think would be a good applicant for Student of the Year and for Robinson College, this was Lakisha. The awards celebrate the achievements of Australia’s adult and community education students, based on career and study, communication, team and leadership skills, community involvement and other activities. 

Lakisha first attended Robinson College when she enrolled in a Certificate Two Business, she has since enrolled and achieved a number of competencies in mining/construction and high-risk tickets including Conduct Civil Construction Skid Steer Operations, Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card), Enter and Work in Confined Spaces, Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations, Certificate Two in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways 2018, Provide First Aid and Work Safety at Heights. 

With these qualifications, Lakisha was able to obtain employment on the Pipeline Project.

Through this experience, Lakisha has gained increased confidence, she is a quietly spoken leader and advocate to her community for vocational education, particularly in non-traditional employment opportunities for females. 

Lakisha is a member of the local football club and often travels to other team grounds to represent her team, the Alma Goats. She represents Broken Hill in soccer and has been invited to play with a Tamworth representative team in November 2018. She is known for her encouragement of her team members and is an effective leader within the team. 

Lakisha undertakes regular community work at the railway museum and at the Lamb Oval in Broken Hill. 

Chief Executive Officer of Robinson College Tracey Dodimead says Lakisha is deserving of this award because she is a natural leader and a very quiet, considered young woman.

“She was completely shocked to find out that we had nominated her,” said Tracey. 

“Lakisha was chosen because she’s such an inspirational role model for young indigenous women and for Broken Hill” said Tracey.

“She undertakes and works in unusual, high-risk roles and non-traditional female roles - she perseveres to achieve her goals,” Tracey said.

 Lakisha has been invited to attend the Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference Gala Dinner, where the awards will be presented. Lakisha, along with CEO Tracey and Gary Broderick will travel to Sydney to attend the awards on Wednesday, November 14. 

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