$6 mil­lion TAFE cen­tre

Con­nected Learn­ing in Deni from mid-2018

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A $6 mil­lion Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre will be built at De­niliquin TAFE.

The cen­tre — which will im­prove lo­cal ac­cess to Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties — was an­nounced by NSW As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Skills Adam Mar­shall when in De­niliquin on Thurs­day.

Mr Mar­shall said the fa­cil­ity is sched­uled to be built and op­er­a­tional by July 2018.

The multi-mil­lion dol­lar cen­tre is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease TAFE NSW’s pres­ence in De­niliquin and re­place out­dated fa­cil­i­ties with first-class dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, ac­cord­ing to Mr Mar­shall.

‘‘When opened in July next year the new De­niliquin CLC will mean that stu­dents from De­niliquin and sur­rounds will be able to ac­cess po­ten­tially dou­ble the num­ber of cour­ses cur­rently avail­able, with­out be­ing forced to travel long dis­tances,’’ he said.

‘‘Stu­dents will be able to learn in state-ofthe-art fa­cil­i­ties, which con­nect into the TAFE NSW state-wide net­work of cam­puses, ca­pa­ble of re­flect­ing real-world work and so­cial en­vi­ron­ments.

‘‘With ac­cess to a flex­i­ble learn­ing and as­sess­ment model and a per­son­alised ex- pe­ri­ence, the new CLC will pro­vide stu­dents with bet­ter ac­cess to teach­ers both on and off site.

‘‘This means stu­dents can be taught a the­ory com­po­nent of their class by a teacher any­where in NSW — it’s help­ing break down ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tance is­sues and giv­ing De­niliquin lo­cals greater ac­cess to lo­cal train­ing.

‘‘It’s also ex­pected to em­ploy more teach­ers and staff, but the best thing for stu­dents is that it will al­low for more learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

Mr Mar­shall said TAFE NSW would con­tinue to de­liver its cur­rent pro­gram of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ser­vices from the ex­ist­ing cam­pus un­til the cen­tre was op­er­a­tional.

‘‘We’ll also be con­duct­ing a skills needs anal­y­sis of the district, where we’ll be reach­ing out with lo­cal busi­nesses and find­ing which cour­ses are needed and where there are short­ages,’’ he said.

‘‘This will help stu­dents ac­quire the up­skilling or re­train­ing they ac­tu­ally need to se­cure a job in lo­cal in­dus­tries.’’

NSW As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Skills Adam Mar­shall and The Nationals' can­di­date Austin Evans at De­niliquin TAFE on Thurs­day.

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