Marion Baumgarten is Durack Institute of Technology’s new Manager Aboriginal Training Services, and comes to the position with a wealth of knowledge, experience and success in the education sector, spanning a 30-year career.
Born in Meekatharra and schooled in Carnarvon, Marion has held positions across the Mid West, Pilbara and Kimberley as Coordinator and Manager of Aboriginal Education. She has managed a number of successful initiatives and projects leading to the provision of better educational services and support frameworks for Aboriginal students, their families and communities.
Marion began work at Durack’s magnificent Aboriginal Learning Centre in January this year, joining Coordinators, Charlie Collard, Dale Forsyth and Shanarla Dalgety who are also based at the Centre.
Marion said he is aiming to build their profile within the community.
“I like to challenge peoples’ thinking and encourage them to be more supportive of Aboriginal training. Part of Charlie’s role will be to investigate training opportunities in our regional areas as well as in Geraldton.”
“Two of our team, Shanarla and Dale, currently assist in delivering a Leadership course aimed at Aboriginal students in Year 10 from a number of Geraldton’s secondary schools.”
The Carnarvon campus with Barry Bellotti and the Wiluna Campus also form part of the Aboriginal Training Services Team and Marion acknowledges the work they have done while the manager’s position was being filled.
“The centre is here to support and give advice to its Indigenous clients when they come to Durack to look at training,” she said.
“The team also investigates other training programs where we can increase the number of Indigenous students and importantly, besides giving them qualifications, they are ready for any employment opportunities which may come along after training.
“Our team also wants to maintain, build and develop partnerships with non-Aboriginal organisations, secondary schools and the community,” said Marion.
Marion paid tribute to and acknowledged the Aboriginal Education and Employment Training Committees (AEETC) Geraldton and Gascoyne, for getting the learning centre to where it is today.
“I feel privileged to work here. I was on the AEETC years ago, and there was a lot of discussion over many years about having a specific centre,” she said.
Director Organisational Services, Steve Cooper, said Durack was very pleased to welcome Marion to the team, with her extensive knowledge and experience.
“Marion has a proven track record of successful outcomes within the education sector. We are looking forward to working together to maximize the training opportunities through the Aboriginal Learning Centre in Geraldton and also through its outreach into the Mid West and Gascoyne regions.”
Marion said she is happy to be back in Geraldton and looks forward to reconnecting with people and the community.
For more information on the Aboriginal Learning Centre and its programs, contact the centre on 9956 2700.