The move from El Salvador to Sydney was an award-winning trip it turns out, for TAFE NSW Gymea student Carlos Nochez Godoy.
Having only left his country 18 months ago with little knowledge of the English language and limited qualifications, Carlos remarkably achieved a Tertiary Entrance Score of 300/300, which is equivalent to 99.5 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Carlos, of Bexley, completed a Tertiary Preparation Certificate, which is widely accepted as a year 12 equivalent entry qualification for tertiary education, higher level VET qualifications and for employers that require full school completion.
He was also winner of the Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills Student of the Year at the recent 2018 TAFE NSW Excellence Awards in Sydney.
Carlos has been accepted into an undergraduate degree and will study economics.