The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is celebrating its 30th anniversary today with an exhibition highlighting heroes in the community.
Since its inception in 1982, the organisation has grown from a small community college with 15 tutors and a handful of programmes to a well-recognised, diverse tertiary institution that supports more than 7,000 students, offers more than 120 programmes and employs more than 360 full- time equivalent staff.
To celebrate its 30th birthday, the Polytechnic is holding a commemorative exhibition _30 Heroes: ordinary people doing extraordinary things, featuring prominent graduates who have made their mark on the world.
Polytechnic chief executive Dr. Alan Hampton said he was impressed with the line up of talent but was not surprised by the achievements on display.
"The Bay of Plenty is home to a huge pool of talented business people, craftsmen and women, technical specialists, horticulturalists and many others just brimming with ability and a real 'can do' attitude,'' he said.
"It is humbling to be a part of people's life journeys and we look forward to contributing to that journey for many years to come.''
The Polytechnic has a strong commitment to working collaboratively in providing the best educational outcomes for students and the local community so that the Bay region continues to prosper.
The 30 Heroes exhibition will be on display from Friday, September 21 at the Windermere Campus, before moving to the Bongard Centre in early November.
Visit www.boppoly.ac.nz to see the virtual 30 Heroes exhibition.