CENTRAL Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQ TAFE) has delivered dream careers to another round of students, with graduations held this week.
Recent graduate Beau Murphy said he enjoyed his five years at the Gladstone TAFE.
"School wasn't for me, so at 16 I enrolled in a Certificate III in education and loved it," he said.
"They treated you more like an adult than school did; TAFE is a good way to get educated if school isn't for you."
Studying at TAFE has also helped Beau realise his goal of owning a child care centre.
While he didn't receive a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Education this year, Beau is optimistic about receiving it next year and in the meantime will study a business and accounting course at TAFE to bring himself closer to his dream.
Beau was also the recipient of the Vocational Student Award through studying and working full time.
Fellow graduate Owen Putman said his studies had allowed him to restart his career in boilermaking.
"I chose to study at TAFE to further myself in extra studies and to get back into boilermaking," said Owen who started out in that field but had to stop because of his lack of qualifications.
And after three years of studying part-time, Owen is ready to get back into it.
For Owen a highlight of his time at TAFE was the help to find employment.
CQ TAFE director Gary Kinnon said the ceremony was a great celebration.
"CQ TAFE takes great pride in delivering many courses to help people in the Gladstone community achieve their dreams," he said.