Students in Wallan and surrounding areas now have a TAFE campus to call their own.
La Trobe University and GOTAFE celebrated the High Street campus opening this week with Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney.
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar AO said the new campus will further study options for regional students with courses set to commence this month.
“La Trobe and GOTAFE share the same commitment to giving every student with ability and aspiration the opportunity to go on to further study and rewarding careers after secondary school, regardless of where they live,” Professor Dewar said.
“We want to help communities in fast-growing regions like Wallan to build a local workforce that has the skills and knowledge needed for careers that meet industry demand and the challenges of population growth.”
Students will be able to choose from courses in areas such as Early Childhood Education, Project Management, Tourism and several others.
Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney said: “Local centres such as Wallan are crucial links in Victoria’s growing TAFE network, opening new pathways to jobs and changing people’s lives for the better. Local access to training and jobs is vital for a growing and thriving community and that is what GOTAFE Wallan will offer.”
GOTAFE Chief Executive Travis Heeney said: “The new Wallan campus is critical to GOTAFE providing the skills necessary to meet the growing industry demand as the population expands over the coming years.”