BlogTuesday 16 Feb 2016

Launching Shine Magazine, because our students and teachers shine everyday

A message from our Institute Director, Elizabeth McGregor, about why we're launching a magazine about our students and staff.

The North Coast of NSW is a fast growing, diverse and increasingly sophisticated part of Australia. With its much envied lifestyle, expanding businesses and eclectic mix of talented people, it is home to inspiring stories about communities, businesses and people who shine at what they do.

Shine is a new publication designed to capture some of those stories, and to share the privilege we feel in North Coast TAFE to be part of them.

Elizabeth McGregor Institute Director TAFE NSW North CoastIn this first edition, we celebrate the North Coast’s contribution to the nation’s much-touted infrastructure economy and explore what the simple phrase ‘upgrading the Pacific Highway’ actually represents to our region and our state. We tell the story of the Pacific Highway upgrade through the eyes of a civil construction apprentice and uncover an Australian innovation in civil construction training.

We also shine a light on the thriving creative hubs on the North Coast and showcase the extraordinary talents and successes of local artists and designers. TAFE NSW has worked with generation after generation of creative Australians, and, as you’ll see, that heritage is alive in the North Coast of NSW.

With the North Coast growing in popularity in domestic and international tourism, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the challenges and benchmarks of the tourism and hospitality industry up and down the coast. We also discover that Chinese tourists are jumping into cars in their thousands and travelling the 1,000 kilometre road trip that is the Legendary Pacific Coast to sample some of the best-kept secrets of relaxed, regional Australia.

And talking about best-kept secrets, the learning and career experiences of two Aboriginal people on the North Coast provide a unique insight into how North Coast TAFE’s Aboriginal Learning Circle is the quiet revolution for engagement with education and training among Aboriginal communities in our region.

Alternatively, you can view an online flipbook version of Issue 1 of Shine Magazine.

We hope you enjoy reading this first edition of Shine - please let us know your thoughts and feedback by email to: shinemagazine@tafensw.edu.au