Outstanding award for Feona

Feona Magtanum (supplied)

Kangan Institute have awarded a passionate learner with cerebral palsy for their outstanding performance.

Feona Magtanum, a Fraser Rise resident who studies at the Broadmeadows campus, was awarded with outstanding passion award and student of the year: diploma of early childhood education and care award.

“I’m shocked to be nominated. It’s unreal, but it’s such an honour,” she said.

Despite having cerebral palsy, Ms Magtanum was determined to become an early childhood educator after gaining experience in a childcare centre during secondary school.

“As soon as I walked in and saw the children, I just knew straightaway that was what I wanted to do,” she said.

Ms Magtanum shared that the teachers of Kangan Institute are a key factor in her success in achieving her dream, as the teachers helped her navigate challenges such as fatigue and stress throughout her studies.

“They taught me a lot about their experience and how to overcome challenges,” she said. “They were very flexible with my study and had the support I needed. I feel like I owe them a lifetime.

“Everything I’ve learned here is exactly the expectations they have at placement. When I was at the centre I knew exactly what they needed me to do. I was very prepared for everything.

Now, Ms Magtanum has secured work as an early childhood educator and is set to begin in March.

Kangan chief executive Sally Curtain congratulated the students and reflected on the vital role of TAFE.

“Vocational education and training is absolutely critical right now. Government and industries are relying on TAFE to equip students with the in-demand skills of the future,” she said.