TAFE hatches $38m plan: Proposed education centre to push more locals into further study

A $38 million tertiary education centre to be shared by the region’s service providers has been proposed by Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.

The Sunraysia Tertiary Education Precinct was recommended as part of a new strategy to encourage more people to participate in further study through SuniTAFE’s northwest Victorian campuses.

Chief executive officer Win Scott said the three-year plan was put to the State Government in response to the changing tertiary landscape where boundaries between secondary, vocational and higher education were more fluid.

“(It will) bring about a closer collaboration between SuniTAFE’s university partners – primarily La Trobe University and the University of Ballarat – as well as enhancing relationships with private training providers and the schools sector,” she said.

Ms Scott said most funding for the centre would come from state and federal governments, SuniTAFE and its university partners. 

The Federal Government is expected this month to announce if it will fund the project in the current regional round.

If successful, the three-level building would be located between SuniTAFE and La Trobe University on Benetook Avenue.

It would house centres for information and enrolment, specialist health and well-being training, and learning resources.

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