Maya finds her place at TAFE

Maya Hume has seen a change in herself since starting her course at South Regional TAFE this year.

The adult learning environment has suited Maya’s personality, as she can learn more independently in a small group setting.

Maya’s lecturers have also noticed the change, particularly in her improved confidence levels and dedication to her studies. Since starting at TAFE She has also got her driver’s licence and secured a part-time job in her local area.

With support from the Aboriginal Programs team Maya came to TAFE to complete her General Education for Adults certificate at the Bunbury campus.

“The lecturers are nice and they help you with any problems. I like the small class sizes,” Maya said.

Maya said she found her first few days at TAFE overwhelming, but Aboriginal Programs helped with travel assistance and study support which made a big difference.

With a keen interest in creative industries and art, Maya has recently entered the Noongar Country 2021 Arts Competition. Power and Healing: Now, is the theme of the exhibition which embraces the NAIDOC 2021 theme, Healing Country.

Maya, who enjoys painting flora and fauna, said her lecturers and Aboriginal Programs officers, Bev Thomson and Tracy Bellotti provided her with the encouragement and support she needed to enter the competition.

“Painting is something I enjoy doing at home,” Maya said. “It helps me calm my mind.”

When Maya finishes her course, she hopes to go on to follow her passion for the natural environment and study Conservation and Land Management, so she can work on country, or complete a Visual Arts course.

Foundation Skills lecturers Julie Ranson and Sharyn Dauti agree that Maya's confidence had improved immensely. She has improved her literacy and numeracy skills, and developed skills she will need for future training and employment.

Maya has been able to focus on her passion for art and animal care during her classes in the Certificate of General Education for Adults.

When Maya finishes her course, she hopes to go on to follow her passion for the natural environment and study Conservation and Land Management, so she can work on country, or complete a Visual Arts course.

Maya moved to TAFE after leaving high school, as she was finding the high school environment challenging. The TAFE Aboriginal Programs team has assisted with the transition to TAFE.