Mother of three top in state
TWEED resident Joanne McEvoy just wanted to pass her TAFE course and get her certificate, but she got more than she bargained for.
The 37-year-old mother of three's efforts were awarded the NSW State Medal after she came up with the best marks in the state for her website design in her course, Certificate IV in Information Technology which she completed at Kingscliff TAFE.
"I was so surprised with the award," said Ms McEvoy.
"I was just trying my best with the kids and everything, but it's a very nice surprise."
Head IT teacher at Kingscliff TAFE Sue Walsh described Joanne as a dedicated and diligent student who deserves everything she has received since finishing the course.
"The course itself is very comprehensive and in my opinion it's the hardest course we run.
"It's not the highest level, but it's an extremely diffi- cult course and to top the state is outstanding," she said.
Since completing the course Ms McEvoy has successfully started her own website design business, Bitten-u-designs, and is doing contract work for Aussie Computer Experts in Kingscliff while she waits to start another course at the TAFE next term.
"The next course I'm doing is called Internet Database Implementation, which will work well with my other course," she said.