On Friday the 18th July, The Centre held an outdoor broadcast with Edge FM 102.1 to 'take over' the radio and promote our programs, courses and give an update on what's happening around The Centre.
We had an awesome day, with the sun out and shining, talking about everything from First Aid and compliance courses, to our Community Projects team who offer services such as Workplace Learning, and providing inclusive sport and recreation opportunities in our community.
Passers by had the opportunity to grab a copy of our latest Course Guide, and enjoy a snag at the BBQ- all proceeds from our BBQ went to 'Dry July' supporting adults living with cancer.
To find out more about what The Centre has on offer for Semester 2, contact us on 5721 0200 in Wangaratta or 5762 4311 in Benalla.
The Centre's Greta Road students studying Certificate in General Education for Adults, have been involved in a community project with the Rural City of Wangaratta and the Yarrunga South Wangaratta Action Group to design a mural for the Mitchell Avenue reserve tennis courts.
They have also been working with a Melbourne design art team, Vintage Customs and have had an excursion to Melbourne to explore the city's graffiti scene and research ideas. The project is something the students can be very proud of with the new artwork having an awesome effect on the wall with key words like 'respect and freedom'. Well done to those involved!
The annual Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) awards were held at Deakin Edge at Federation Square with Education Minister Martin Dixon presenting the awards. For the second year in a row the Wangaratta learning community has been represented by Wangaratta District Specialist School (WDSS) students, this year with students Luke Devine, Sarah Todd, and Tom Newton receiving the VCAL Student Achievement Award/Intermediate Team Achievement Award from Minister Dixon in the presence of their fellow students , parents and community members.
The students received their award for their involvement in the highly successful Spirit of Christmas Wangaratta community inclusion partnership project that provided 6,500 presents to the north east community, from a free gift shop located in Faithful st Wangaratta last December. The students took a lead role in all parts of the project including hospitality, marketing, planning, administration and manufacturing of gifts which were all linked to their VCAL Learning Outcomes.
WDSS and The Centre Workplace Learning Program received the Partner Achievement Award for their engagement of the business & wider community in the support of the students working on the Spirit of Christmas Wangaratta. VCAL Coordinator Rosie O’Brien said "We are just so proud of our students and our community for such a great effort. To be recognised with the awards is just fantastic and a real boost to our school.
The Centre’s Workplace Learning Coordinator Shane Crispin said "The project was successful because it had a great community behind it, dedicated school leadership,staff ,students, passionate community mentors and it was about helping those less fortunate in our community without judgement. The partnership award belongs to everyone who helped us put smiles on so many faces .We cannot thank our community enough. We all cannot wait to do it bigger and better this year."
The Centre is a proud member of Community Colleges Australia (CCA)- the peak body for not-for-profit community owned learning organisations across Australia.
The community education sector delivers accredited vocational education and training (VET) to hundreds of thousands of people each year, from pre-vocational through to Advanced Diploma courses across a diverse range of skill requirements and industry areas.
To find out more about CCA click here: http://www.cca.edu.au/index.html and you can also watch this inspiring video from some students across the country who have undertaken study at their local community college: