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Manager swaps health for education

Thursday, 31st May, 2012

The new TAFE manager, Tuana Sanders, at the main campus in Argent Street yesterday. The new TAFE manager, Tuana Sanders, at the main campus in Argent Street yesterday.

 By Emily Roberts

 The TAFE campus has a new manager.

Tuana Sanders replaces Brian Boydell who was relieving following the resignation of the former manager, Scott Dennis.

Ms Sanders was previously the Regional Manager of the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Service for the Far West Local Health District.

“My position was restructured and I saw it as an opportunity to transfer my skills to a different public sector environment,” Ms Sanders said.

“This position has allowed me to stay in management to develop my skills and experience.”

Ms Sanders said there were a lot of skills she could use in her new job but that she also had new processes to learn as well.

“I have benefited a lot from the staff who have been here for some time. They are very supportive and answer all my questions,” she said.

“I have been talking to staff about new initiatives that they have.

“I’m also getting a lot of assistance from managers in similar positions to mine from Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst. There are good linkages.”

Ms Sanders said everything so far was a learning process and seeing how things operated.

“A big issue has been the Broken Hill TAFE responding to the mining boom and they have done a fantastic effort by significantly increasing enrolments in the specific industry areas.”

Ms Sanders said other programs like TAFE Western Connect and Connected Classroom were bringing regions together.

“TAFE Western Connect allows people to link here into classes with their computer. There is flexible delivery to areas like Menindee and White Cliffs. “Connected Classrooms also allow people in Menindee and Wilcannia to video conference into classes in Orange. It is like the RFDS version of education or School of the Air for older students.

“We are trying to promote the fact that TAFE is open to a lot of different age groups. Being a person who was on the outside, you can see how flexible TAFE can be and they want to meet the demand.”

Enrolments for the second semester open on Monday and will run until July 16. An open day will also be held on June 27 in the TAFE library.

Ms Sanders said TAFE was also trying to get involved again with the local art scene.

“We want to hold art exhibitions with students and art teachers,” she said. “It is an opportunity to see the work produced by TAFE students.”

Ms Sanders said that with the help of artist and TAFE teacher Geoff DeMain, an Aboriginal mural project would be launched in July.

Ms Sanders said the manager’s position was only available for 12 months and she expected it to be advertised again towards the end of the year.

For more information about TAFE enrolments phone 8082 6888 or 1300 823 393 or go online to www.wit.tafensw.edu.au.

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