FOR Daniella Tubben, working with a group of Japanese students has been an absolute pleasure.
The coordinating teacher for the Coffs Harbour TAFE course Certificate III in Marine Studies has been impressed with their enthusiasm and creativity.
A total of 18 students graduated from their course on Friday. Some will stay in Coffs Harbour for further studies, while others will head home.
They completed six months of intensive English studies before the course began.
"They've learnt good, hands-on practical skills for the industry," Mrs Tubben said.
"They did a lot of field work and looked at biology, aquaculture, coastal and marine environments, conservation, boating and diving, with many earning divemaster qualifications.
"The students also did work experience at the Pet Porpoise Pool, gaining valuable experience in the care and handling of marine mammals, which has been fantastic for them.
"The whole course was designed to give them better skills to equip them to go into the (marine) industry."
A commercial course catering for locals will be run at TAFE's Trenayr campus at Grafton at the end of February.
For more information, including details of course components, ring the TAFE campus on 6641 4400.