Local students in Corowa and the surrounding region will no longer need to travel long distances to study when a new $3.7 million dollar TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre (CLC) opens next year.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall and Member for Albury Greg Aplin announced construction on the new facility at the existing TAFE NSW Corowa site would begin early next year and be completed in July 2018.
The education hub is expected to triple student numbers.
“This new multi-million dollar CLC will significantly enhance TAFE NSW’s presence in Corowa and replace outdated facilities with a modern and digitally enabled facility,” Ms Berejiklian said during her recent visit to Corowa.
“Most importantly once it is opened local students will have more options right here in Corowa rather than having to travel to Albury or over the Victorian border to get the skills they need.”
Mr Marshall said the first four CLCs which are now operational were having an immediate impact on their local communities.
“Where the NSW Government has opened a CLC the TAFE NSW course offerings in those locations have as much as tripled compared to what was available through the old campus,” he said.
“These CLCs are absolute game changers for vocational education and training delivery in rural and regional locations and demonstrate the commitment this Government has to investing in TAFE NSW.”
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the CLC was a huge win for Corowa and he looked forward to the enhanced service delivery it would bring.
“We’ve seen how good these new facilities look elsewhere in the state and it’s fantastic we are going to have one right here in Corowa,” Mr Aplin said.
The TAFE NSW Corowa CLC is one of four in the southern part of the state with CLCs in Deniliquin, Narrandera and Grenfell also to be opened next year.