Asteria participants complete GELC courses

Asteria Services participants James Knight and Patricia OʼCallaghan, were among more than 20 fellow participants who celebrated their graduation on Tuesday.

More than 20 Asteria Services participants have spent the past four months studying and completing courses at Goldfields Employment and Learning Centre (GELC), graduating earlier this week.

Graduates from the computer education and cooking courses celebrated their achievements on Tuesday, with participants presented with a certificate and a bound copy of their completed work throughout the four-month course.

Asteria Service’s planning and scheduling manager Claire de Natris said the cooking and computer courses are popular options for participants, as they boost their independence.

“The two courses are both fantastic life skills to have in increasing someone’s independence, so they’re definitely high on the list for participants,” she said.

“Cooking is definitely a popular option and the participants in both courses were rapt, I think I saw a fist pump at the graduation.”

With 26 Asteria Services participants graduating, Ms de Natris said Asteria is “absolutely pleased” with the result.

“We were absolutely pleased with the number of participants who graduated, it just shows there’s a need there for more education for people with disabilities,” she said.

GELC chairperson John Williamson spoke highly of the graduates and said over the past five or six years, participation in programs offered has steadily increased.

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