As part of our Adult Learners Week this week, we’re thrilled to introduce you to some of our students who we’re extremely proud of. People who have ‘#changedtheirstory‘ to reach for their goals.
Meet our student, Thi My who has learnt English at YCC and now is completing a program in community services. Here is her story… “I came to Australia about 16 or 17 years ago. I came with my husband, an Australian man. We moved to Brunei for three years because he was a teacher and had work there. We lived in Victoria together and then my marriage finished a few years later. After five years I divorced and I met another Australian man who lived in Queensland so we moved there for a short while.
I came to Victoria to live in December 2020 right in the middle of Covid, after my relationship broke down. So it’s been tough. A neighbour helped me move back to Victoria – he is my hero, he let me stay at his place and helped me get back on my feet. Coming to learn English at Yarraville Community Centre has been very important to me. I was really struggling at the time and I was finally able to do something for myself and study English. I am also doing the Skills for Work and Study: Community Services (ACFE) course with Jo. There are 6 of us and we learn together, helping each other. We are a team.
I am doing this course because I want to give back to the community. So many people have helped me and I want to do the same for others. I need to find a job at the moment because my family are very affected by Covid in Vietnam. It is very bad over there and I need to send money back to my family.
I was working as a cook in St Kilda Road but COVID closed the restaurant. Now I am looking for a job that will allow me to keep learning one day a week so I can do the Certificate III in Community Services. Even if I have to work 5 days I will ask my boss for a day off so I can keep studying.
All of my teachers are very good – I learn a lot from them.”