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The multi-million dollar centre is expected to significantly increase TAFE NSW’s presence in Deniliquin and replace outdated facilities with first-class digital technology, according to Mr Marshall.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