Beginning her journey with the Australasian College Broadway back in 2010 through a scholarship provided by the College to the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), Dakota Torrens enrolled to study Certificate II in Nail Technology.
The Australasian College Broadway’s Dakota Torrens
In an effort to push NASCA’s successful sporting programs to reach young teenage girls, the College developed the scholarship program as part of NASCA’s Careers Aspiration Program (CAP). The course ran for 13 weeks, with 17 female indigenous youths enrolling and of those 17 students, 13 graduated and one of those graduates was Dakota Torrens.
On the successful completion of her studies, Maureen Houssein-Mustafa OAM, the Founder and CEO of the College, offered Dakota her next step in her journey with the College – a full time position as an assistant to the head of the nail faculty.
Since then, Dakota has gone on to achieve a Diploma of Hairdressing Salon Management through the NSW Government’s Productivity Places Program (PPP) with the support and guidance of the College staff. She has now also completed Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE).
Through these endeavours, Dakota has been able to embark on a career in an industry she loves, and soon she will be joining the Aboriginal Child, Family & Community Care State Secretariat NSW (AbSec) – an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation. The organisation is recognised as the peak New South Wales Aboriginal body providing child protection and out-of-home care (OOHC) policy advice to the government and non-government sector on issues affecting Aboriginal families involved in child protection and OOHC system.
“Upon becoming an employee of the College, the Founder and CEO Maureen Houssein-Mustafa OAM was always there to give great support and advice and Janis Gordon, the General Manager, was helpful, kind and made me feel like I could achieve anything I set out to do,” said Dakota.
As she embarks on the next step in her career, Dakota shares some advice to those who may be struggling or are apprehensive about their future. “Just keep trying and we’ll help you,” she said. “Keep practicing, as this makes you perfect.”
For more information about the Australasian College Broadway visit www.tac.edu.au.
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