TAFE NSW Macksville students studying a Certificate III in Career Advancement displayed their wares in an exhibition on Friday night.
Held at Bowraville Community Hall, the exhibition was open to the public, who browsed through the 11 stalls where students' creations were on sale.
TAFE NSW Relieving Head Teacher of Career Pathways, Aboriginal Language and Employability Skills, Emily Pellier said the course equipped students to either move on to a higher qualification or be able to open their own business in their chosen field.
"Students who study this course have usually already found their passion, they just need guidance from an experienced professional on how to master their skill set and in addition, learn the practical side of running and sustaining a business.
"We have a range of artists in this class who crochet, design lino prints and paint. We help these students to grow as artists.
"There was some really positive feedback at the exhibition as well as some sales, which gave students a lovely boost of confidence before graduation."
Alexandra Clayton has been crocheting cacti for the past two years, selling the designs in an art store in Bellingen, where she plans to open a craft store.
"Studying at TAFE NSW has helped me become more organised and assisted me in my communication skills.
"It has been especially helpful being in a classroom with an experienced teacher and fellow creative students who are all willing and available to give feedback.
"My next step is to undertake a photoshop course at TAFE NSW to broaden my skill set before opening my own store."
For more detail on TAFE NSW courses, face-to-face or online, visit www.tafensw.com.au or call 131 601.