Top Kangan Institute students from the Class of 2016 awarded


Kangan Institute held its annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 23 February at The Australian Events Centre to celebrate students’ achievements and success throughout 2016.

The ceremony recognised over 130 graduates and top achievers from a wide range of study areas, including health and community, professional and creative industries, automotive, foundations, construction and industrial, food and fibre, and Indigenous education.

The top award – Vocational Student of the Year sponsored by ANZ Bank – was presented to Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduate Lacey Walters (pictured above) who returned to education after many years as a stay home mother to four children.

“I was 18 when I had my first child and left school halfway through Year 11. I was out of education and training for so long that I was scared of coming back. But the way the teachers run the classes made me feel comfortable and supported,” said Lacey, who is now employed as an early learning centre room leader.

“I want to advocate for children, especially vulnerable children, and hopefully make a difference in their life.”

Award winners for the evening include:

  • Vocational Student of the Year & Gold Medallion (Health & Community) – Lacey Walters

Vocational Student of the Year sponsored by: ANZ Bank

Gold Medallion (Health & Community) sponsored by: NORTH Link

 Gold Medallion (Automotive) – Conor Ryan

Sponsored by: Apprenticeships Group Australia

  • Gold Medallion (Professional & Creative Industries) – Stephan Long

Sponsored by: Social Garden

  • Gold Medallion (Foundations & Pathways) – Sophie Hernandez McCarty-Ellis

Sponsored by: Mercedes Waratah

  • Gold Medallion (Construction & Industrial) – Nellie Baker

Sponsored by: MAS National

  • Gold Medallion (Food & Fibre) – Rebecca O’Brien

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Pascoe Vale

  • Uncle Norm Hunter Gold Medallion (Indigenous Education) – Aunty Janice Bakes

Sponsored by: Broadmeadows Magistrates Court

  • Arnold Davis Koorie Student of the Year – Tamani Nicholls

Sponsored by: Broadmeadows Magistrates Court

  •  Foundations Adult Learner of the Year – Fadi Adel Azeez

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Essendon

  • Inspirational Student of the Year – Harry Milward

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Pascoe Vale


Full profiles of the award winners are available at: