Dakota Torrens

Dakota Torrens

Dakota has recently completed Certificate 2 in Nail Technology.

Dakota has recently completed Certificate 2 in Nail Technology. The course was run as apart of NASCA’s partnership with The Australasian College for nails, beauty, make up and hair. The course was originally a program run in conjunction with Leichardt police department, for troubled indigenous female youth. NASCA’s success with programs in sport was something they found had not reached female youth. Charles Prouse CEO wanted something for young teenage girls, the College contacted him and the program was born. The course runs for 13 weeks with 17 female indigenous youth enrolling, 13 graduated, one of those graduates was Dakota Torrens.

Dakota found out about the program from her mother, who had seen an e-mail through the koori networks. Before taking up the course Dakota was doing nothing, she had completed high school and was lacking direction like most young people upon completion of secondary school. She says since undertaking the course she feels doors are opening for her and she has newfound confidence. Dakota encourages other young people to try a course and get a certificate behind them.

On the day of Graduation Dakota was offered by the College a traineeship to further her training and employment, when asked why she was chosen she replied “ I was at class every day, and I was never late” and what was her motivation? “My mum pushed me every day, she believes I would benefit from the training”.

Dakota is a young woman from the suburb of Eastlakes originally from Casino, she has a Certificate 2 in nail Technology and her future looks bright.

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