Milestone marked

November 24, 2016

Chief executive officer Paul Culpan talks about the last 20 years of GOTAFE.

Happy gardeners: GOTAFE staff and horticultural students admire their hard work.

Proud of exhibition: (left to right) Emma Moran, Kristy Baksh and Ieesha Moran with some of the koori artwork on display.

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE celebrated an important milestone on Monday when it reached its 20th birthday.

The day also marked several significant accomplishments, including a wall display of the timeline of education at the Fryers St campus since the 1800s.

The achievements of the horticultural students who worked on developing the front gardens at the Fryers St campus were also recognised, as well as the work produced by the cultural arts students who set up a stunning exhibition displaying indigenous artwork. There was also work on show developed by students at the recent World Skills Competition in Melbourne.

GOTAFE chief executive officer Paul Culpan said there were many amazing things happening at the institution.

Mr Culpan said the site of the Fryers St campus had been a strong education hub since 1874.

‘‘We’ve taken this opportunity to work with Lost Shepparton and actually mark this time as a time to remember but also promote what’s going forward,’’ he said.

‘‘On our history wall we’ve also got some of the new initiatives and innovations in the last few years which people wouldn’t be fully aware of, like the Skills and Job Centre opening in March.’’

Mr Culpan said GOTAFE was looking forward to the next 20 years of education along with its partners such as La Trobe University, the Education First Youth Foyer and Berry Street.

To see the various exhibitions, head to the GOTAFE campus in Fryers St, Shepparton, today or tomorrow.

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