Tenterfield Shire Council Mayor Peter Petty has welcomed TAFE NSW’s commitment to training and education in the region as construction progresses on the state-of-the-art Connected Learning Centre (CLC) in Tenterfield.
Cr Petty met with TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter last week and was thrilled the education needs of the community were being met, believing the CLC (being constructed on the existing TAFE NSW site), is a vitally important investment for the Tenterfield region and will positively impact students’ education and training opportunities.
“This announcement is great news for anyone in our community who wishes to undertake studies through TAFE NSW and totally alleviates any concerns the community had about the future of TAFE in Tenterfield,” Cr Petty said.
“In particular, it is great news for the youth of our shire who will now be able to study a huge selection of courses at Tenterfield and not have to travel or move away to do so.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter said the CLC will offer local students access to not only a wider range of courses, but extended hours of operation and world-class, digitally enabled facilities.
“CLCs are designed specifically to meet the needs of our modern day students who demand flexibility in their learning and access to a wider range of courses,” Ms Baxter said.
“Future students will experience digitally enabled facilities that will provide personalised, connected and practical learning experiences, better access to teachers both on and off site, and the skills they need for jobs in regional communities.
“This major investment represents TAFE NSW’s ongoing commitment to Tenterfield and regional NSW.”
The Tenterfield CLC will connect the state-wide teaching resources of TAFE NSW with an evolving range of mobile delivery units, which will provide the hands-on, practical course components, to meet industry standards.
“Through these state-of-the-art facilities, local teachers now have the opportunity to train more students at other CLCs across NSW and provide local students access to a broader and diverse range of training opportunities than previously available in Tenterfield,” Ms Baxter said.
“Mobile education units will provide the physical resource to deliver high quality and practical, hands-on training components, alongside digitally enabled and face-to-face learning.
“TAFE NSW’s fleet of mobile education units will constantly evolve through upgrades and expansions to meet industry standards, providing future-proofed training across NSW. This approach, supported by the NSW Government, will allow TAFE NSW to significantly enhance its service and presence in Tenterfield with a focus on meeting the needs of students, employers and local communities,” Ms Baxter said.
Some sectors, however, on not on board with the TAFE evolution. Greens MP Dawn Walker is touring local TAFE campuses on Wednesday, July 19 expressing her party’s concerns. She is scheduled to be at the Tenterfield TAFE campus at noon.