TAFE NSW Cooma gives Hannah a head start to a career in mental health

Pictured, Hannah Pond is using a TAFE NSW course to graduate  from Year 12 without ever attending school.

A home-schooled Nimmitabel teenager is using a TAFE NSW course to graduate from Year 12 without having set foot in a classroom for seven years.

Hannah Pond has been home schooled since Year 3. When faced with her Higher School Certificate (HSC) years the bright 18-year-old researched her options and decided to take the one-year adult-learning route. So, she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) offered by TAFE NSW Cooma.

The TPC is a Year 12 equivalent qualification available to study full-time, part-time or online through TAFE Digital.

“TAFE NSW Cooma offered me the chance to complete my qualification in one year instead of two. This means I could be qualified faster to get the job I wanted and move on to further study or employment in the mental health support field,” she said.

“The course is three days a week and studying at TAFE NSW meant that I was in control and could study my way. This allows me the time to keep my job at a local café.”

When she’s not studying or working Hannah spends time gaining hands-on experience with mental health organisation Headspace. To improve her chances of employment she is considering studying a TAFE NSW Diploma of Mental Health.

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