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11 Apr 2011
The Vocational Training Council (VTC) held the presentation ceremony of the 2009/2010 VTC Outstanding Students Award Scheme last Friday (8 April) to recognise 9 students who excelled in the areas of academic studies, extracurricular activities and community service (See appendix for the awardee list). The 9 awardees came from different disciplines and were nominated by their respective department heads. Each was awarded a scholarship worth HK$10,000.
VTC outstanding students chasing down their dreams
WONG Hoi-wai, one of the awardees, was studying the Higher Diploma in Child Education course at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE). Since she was small, Hoi-wai had found the math subject daunting. With the initiation of her teacher, she gradually overcame the fear and even won awards in math competitions. When she grew up and took the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), the pressure was so great that she gained 40 pounds in weight within a short time and quitted the ballet classes altogether. Fortunately her ballet teacher did not give up on her and inspired confidence in her gradually. Hoi-wai received positive support from her teachers in the course of her schooling, which engendered in her the vocation in teaching to further the mission of nurturing the new generation. During her studies at the IVE, she worked diligently on acquiring the knowledge and techniques in educating students and achieved outstanding performance in the class and attachment training. Her concentration and proactive attitude in learning was indeed worthy of commendation.
Kevin CHAN, another awardee, was a student of Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering course with the IVE. Back then, he was an adolescent led astray and a headache to his parents, who were worried that Kevin would set a bad example to his siblings. When Kevin came to realise that he was the role model of his brother and sister, he repented in good time and subsequently obtained good HKCEE results. The reoriented Kevin wished to be a professional and hence he passed over a Secondary 6 place for the course in electrical engineering. He has since been awarded a number of scholarships. Right now Kevin got offers from several universities for an undergraduate course. His parents were amazed with Kevin’s big transformation.
Speaking on the award presentation ceremony, Dr NG Tat-lun, Chairman of the VTC Vocational Education and Training Advisory Committee, said students had to raise their competitiveness to meet the challenges arising from increasing globalization and the advent of the knowledge economy. He encouraged students to strive continuously to improve their professional knowledge, generic skills and personal attributes for attaining the professional status of different sectors and contributing to society.
Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council（VTC）is the largest vocational education, training and professional development group in Hong Kong with over 210,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working adults to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide valued supports to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 12 member institutions including the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK), the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Pro-Act by VTC, Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre (HITDC), Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI), Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), Youth College, Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC), Yeo Chei Man Senior Secondary School and Shine Skills Centre.
List of 2009/2010 VTC Outstanding Students