Put on your hard hats and pull on the high viz because La Trobe’s Shepparton campus has got the green light for a big extension that’ll set it up for success into the future.
Murray MP Damian Drum has announced the federal government will give $5 million towards making the campus a bigger and better place to study.
The funding will be added to the $7 million La Trobe has already earmarked for investment at Shepparton, bringing the total to $12 million – enough to commence the project.
Head of Campus Elizabeth Capp says the money is proof the Shepp campus plays a super important role in the regional community’s economy and education.
“This additional funding is great news for La Trobe and particularly for staff and students in Shepparton,” Elizabeth says.
“The extension to our campus building will ensure that La Trobe’s Shepparton students have the best possible experience.
“It will enable us to further expand and diversify our teaching programs to meet local demand and workforce needs, and develop greater research capacity in partnership with local industry and regional organisations.”
La Trobe Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, is also over the moon about the news.
“Over the last 10 years, student enrolments have increased by 160 per cent at La Trobe Shepparton,” the VC says.
“We currently graduate about 140 students per year, with over 70 per cent commencing work in regional Victoria.
“Not only is this campus an important economic and educational resource for the community, but its social and cultural value is just as significant.
“The investment made by the University, and Federal, State and local governments in construction of the existing campus has been an exceptional success. The extension will allow us to continue this success story.”