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10 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 A record number graduates from CDU ALICE Springs is churning out more qualified and skilled adults each year. Charles Darwin Universitys graduation ceremony yesterday saw about 650 people gain degrees or certificates, the largest cohort ever produced by the university. Around 50 were higher education graduates, while the rest had gained a certificate in a vocational education and training (VET) course. Director Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons said this was in keeping with the CDUs role as the largest training organisation in Central Australia, While many of our students are interstate, overseas or out bush, I am delighted that about 100 graduands have signalled their intention to attend the graduation ceremony, he said. Not only is the completion of an award always a significant milestone ... it is the mark of acquired skills, knowledge and confidence for a brighter future. Nursing was the degree of choice in higher education, with around 30 students coming out ready to work in the medical field. Education came in as the second most popular. Around 110 who had completed a VET course did so in hospitality, while another 96 did so in business and related courses, like accounts administration and frontline management. Students from fields as diverse as automotive technology, business and youth work will graduate next week, Mr Fitzsimons said. We will also celebrate with students from the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts, and the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education. PhD graduate Dr Don Zoellner was invited to carry the ceremonial mace into the graduation ceremony at the Alice Springs Convention Centre. Rise and shine for Todd markets THE Todd Mall markets are on again this weekend from 9am - 1pm in the mall precinct. Jump down with your loose change or spare cash to grab yourself a bargain. There is plenty of hand crafted items, local produce, fresh foods and novelty goods available for purchase. There will even be live entertainment during the event. For more information or to get involved, phone 0458 555 506. Don Zoellner at CDU with his 100,000-word thesis on Vocational Education and Training. Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS Time to see the doctor FROM standing at the universitys helm to sitting behind one of its classrooms desks, Dr Don Zoellners career has come full circle. As of yesterday, the former pro vice-chancellor of Charles Darwin University is believed to be the first man (and third person) to receive a PhD from the Territorys own university. Director Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons called Dr Zoellners achievement spectacular and said it would inspire other doctoral candidates and researchers in the Centre. I am delighted that after three long years of solid study, we can congratulate Dr Zoellner, Mr. Fitzsimons said. His analysis into policy development and the implementation of vocational education and training is a demonstration of creative and robust thinking into a complex and sometimes puzzling domain. Originally from Ohio, Dr Zoellner arrived in Alice Springs in 1992, meeting his wife during his travels. He worked as the principal of the then-Alice Springs High School and further, as the executive director at Centralian Senior College, which led him to CDU. His PhD in public policy delves into the way governments operate and create policy, using the example of Vocational Education and Training (VET). The conclusion is that you use VET as a technology to manage the population, Dr Zoellner said. He explained governments will often create or frame a social problem in a way that justifies the solution, which more often than not involves training. There are a limited number of responses to social problems. Its hard to find a problem the government wants to solve that doesnt have a training component. In Alice Springs, an extra ordinary number of training organisations (have been) created to respond to problems. But he said while training might be part of the solution, theres a gap in expectation and delivery. Dr Zoellner was last year commissioned by the government to conduct a review of Desert Knowledge Australia, and he hopes to continue in this vein. He said he is here to stay. We enjoy the lifestyle here in the Territory. Sash Petrova EDUCATION REPORTER Do you have a business, event or attraction to promote? WOULD YOU LIKE OVER 700,000 PEOPLE TO SEE YOUR MESSAGE ANNUALLY? For further information contact our marketing team on 8951 1211 or email ASA-Administration@ntairports.com.au ava i l ab l e NOW! has advert is ing space ALIcE S PRINGS AIRPORT Various outstanding static display options on offer throughout the terminal. Packages tailored to suit your needs and business requirements.