TAFE: Queensland South West acting general manager Brent Kinnane celebrates TAFE’s long-standing connection to Kingaroy.
TAFE: Queensland South West acting general manager Brent Kinnane celebrates TAFE’s long-standing connection to Kingaroy. Contributed

Celebrating 30 years of Kingaroy TAFE

TREVOR Schwenke is leaving his management position at Kingaroy TAFE after almost 30 years, and his successor says he's certainly left his legacy.

The new Queensland South West TAFE acting general manager, Brent Kinnane, said Trevor's shoes would be tough to fill.

"He's got real passion for TAFE Queensland," he said.

But Mr Kinnane said he brought some fresh ideas of his own.

A 2016 TAFE in Schools program will create more study options available for high-school-age students, he said.

"Students can come out of school these days with enough skills to be employable from the word go," he said.

"Back in my day, the option of doing these qualifications at school just weren't there."

Mr Kinnane said Kingaroy's programs were designed for the region's unique community, focusing on agribusiness, tourism and electrical studies.

TAFE will this year celebrate 30 years in Kingaroy, and Mr Kinnane said it was an "exciting time for everybody".

"It's a great demonstration of support from past students and locals," he said.

"A couple of staff have even been there for the entire 30 years.

"It's absolutely vital we've got locals working with us.

"They're our advocate."

The 30-year anniversary celebration will be held on April 19.

Mr Kinnane said it was an opportunity for new students to learn more and old students to "reminisce".

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