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Dalal Hanna holding a textbook

Dalal’s inspiring story

Dalal Hanna had only finished Year 9 in Iraq when she came to Australia as a refugee 13 years ago. She was 17, she knew little English – and she was about to become a single Mum.

Today, Dalal has an Advanced Diploma in Information Technology from Kangan Institute, is halfway through a Bachelor of Information Technology at Latrobe University and teaches Information Communication Technology at Kangan Institute. How did she do it?

Dalal first accessed a free English language course (and free childcare to be able to do it) available to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants through the Australian Government’s Adult Migrant English Program.

After that, she did a General Education for Adults course, designed to help people prepare for further study. At her teachers’ suggestion, Dalal then did Year 11 and 12 English and Maths.

Dalal was on her way. She did Certificates I, II and III and an Advanced Diploma, all in Information Technology, at Kangan Institute.

In order to be able to become a sessional TAFE teacher, she then enrolled in Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Doing this online, at her own pace, has enabled Dalal to fit it in with her Bachelor degree studies.

“It was very hard and challenging for me,” Dalal says of all her studies, “but the support I got from Kangan made me feel very enthusiastic and I just wanted to keep going. Finally I got there.”

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