Students do the math for success

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11 Jan 2016

Maths achievement has opened doors to further study for CPIT Aoraki students. 

The institute's 2015 Alison Robinson Mathematics Award recipient Lea Swan, who received top recognition at a prize giving ceremony in December, is an example of a student who came to maths study later in life, catching up on what she missed out on at high school. The young mum chose to study for a Certificate in Pre-Health and Science at CPIT and achieved high grades in all her maths courses. Swan has now been offered an electrical apprenticeship which will include study at CPIT Aoraki in 2016. 

2015 maths award winners Leah-Swann, Fred-Yu and Savanah-Stewart. 

Another student success story is Savanah Stewart. After working in hospitality, Stewart returned to education to study in the pre-health and science programme. Her certificate included three mathematics courses in which she was an outstanding student in all respects. She has successfully obtained a place on the Bachelor of Medical Imaging degree course in 2016.

The award was donated by Alison Robinson, who taught mathematics at CPIT for about 40 years, up until 2002. Her level 2 mathematics award is an incentive for students to attempt and do well at mathematics, in preparation for continuing their education at a higher level.    

Held concurrently, the annual Barrie Frost Memorial Award, given in memory of the maths and statistics course's former tutor and head, was awarded to the top level 5 mathematics student, Fred Yu.  Originally from China, Yu first studied at CPIT in 2003 when he came to New Zealand as an international student and completed the foundation programme. He returned to study the Diploma in Engineering in 2013 and is currently studying the Bachelor of Engineering Technologies.