Maryborough Tafe opens doors
THE new Tafe East Coast Maryborough campus in Adelaide St has officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting celebration and tour of the new facilities.
In December 2014, the Wide Bay campus closed its doors when Tafe became more centralised, leaving staff without jobs and students with nowhere to go.
Yesterday the new but smaller $425,000 facility opened; focusing on health, community services and foundation skills.
Student Joseph Ryan, 15, will be completing has joined the foundation skills course, where he will study a certificate II in literacy and numeracy in the new building.
"I'm studying a grade 10 equivalent and the reason why is because things we're working out in school," Joseph said.
"I decided to do Tafe instead."
The new $425,000 campus, which officially opened on Thursday, has been tailor-made to suit the needs of the community; focusing on health, community services and foundation skills.
Tafe Queensland Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said six months spent canvasing local businesses identified that Maryborough needs people with skills in these areas.
"We listened to the community and have fitted the expanded campus with a purpose-built Health Practice (including ward beds, toilet/shower, lifting equipment and wheel chairs) aimed at delivering focused, hands-on training to support aged care, health and disability practices in Maryborough," she said.
"We've done this to fill the demand of the industry."
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D'ath attended the opening, and said the technology used in the new classrooms would make learning more accessible for people in the area.
"This is a first for Queensland Tafe," Mrs D'ath said.
"The virtual health hub and the latest in teaching technology are important factors for students' learning.
"It's about having that ability to have a job, it's about gaining confidence early on."
State member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the new campus would improve Maryborough's economy.
"We're moving into a service-based economy," Mr Saunders said.
"This campus will get people job-ready for the areas where there are jobs available."