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Student skill and innovation on display at University College showcase

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The first wave of students undertaking associate degrees at the University College will unveil their solutions to real-world problems during a series of state-wide events this week.

The 2017 Student Showcase is the first opportunity for government, business and industry representatives to see the work of students enrolled in the Agribusiness, Applied Business and Applied Design courses. 

Since commencement this year, the students have experienced practical and work-integrated learning opportunities, with some already securing employment as a result. 

This week’s showcases form part of a unit challenging students to explore real-world problems relevant to their workplaces. Each event will reveal how the students have developed and would implement marketing solutions to address these.

Dayna Broun, Project Manager - Associate Degrees from the University College, said the evening events also provided an avenue for students to receive mentorship and feedback from the community.

“There has been a high level of public interest about what our students have been doing during the first year of these associate degrees,” Ms Broun said.  

“These showcase events invite Tasmania’s government representatives, industry and business communities to engage with our students and learn how the real-world learning components have translated, while providing feedback on their marketing projects.

“It is also pleasing to note that many students have already gained employment since commencing an associate degree. Building on this, the events are another way for employers to connect with our students and explore the possibility of future work.”

Brian Cooney is a student enrolled in the Associate Degree of Agribusiness whose project will be on show at the Launceston showcase.

Formerly a graphic designer and advertising assistant, Brian decided to make a career change and pursue the course this year, after developing an interest in agriculture.

“Since commencing this associate degree I’ve secured work with Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes, starting off as a farmhand to now becoming their marketing manager,” Mr Cooney said.

“I never would have applied for it without the confidence the course gave me. My employer wanted someone with a mix of farming and marketing skills and my involvement in the course was a major factor in them hiring me.

The Burnie event took place at the Cradle Coast campus on Thursday, 23 November.

Published on: 23 Nov 2017 3:55pm