The Australia- Pacific Technical College (APTC) earlier this month served the community by assisting students to pay for their school fees for the year. The APTC is an Australian Government funded organisation providing vocational education and training for Pacific islanders.
APTC staff raised cash to fund school fees and supplies for twenty students of three schools in Nadi that were affected by the recent flooding. The schools, Mulomulo Secondary, Korovuto Primary and Korovuto High School were also used as evacuation centres during the recent floods.
The Principals of the schools identified twenty primary and secondary students in need of the donation. This deed of charity work by the APTC staff is a contributing factor to the student's determination to complete their education.
APTC Office Supervisor , Liz Algar, was there to see for herself how overwhelmed the students were. "It was a beautiful experience to see how delighted these children were and their excitement was genuine, when they asked their principals if their fees were really paid" she said. "They were able to share their personal views of their families recent difficulties and how this [paying their school fees] was a great help for them".
This was one of many examples how the APTC looks to assist the local community and takes pride as an organisation in their contributions.
The college itself has been established to deliver a range of courses from Certificate III to Diploma level. The college is a centre of training excellence aimed at skilling and qualifying Pacific Islanders for a range of vocational occupations needed throughout the Pacific including, health and community services, hospitality and tourism, automotive trades, manufacturing, construction and electrical trades.