Tertiary enabling program extended

pathwaysMinister of Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall MLC Eastern Victoria, will launch the extended program this Tuesday 14 February at La Trobe’s Shepparton campus.

Minister Hall said, ‘The Victorian Government is committed to supporting new programs that will result in more young people in rural and regional Victoria getting into higher education and training in their local area.’

‘Through a combination of online information and one-on-one mentoring this project will help young people better navigate their way into vocational education and training and higher education courses that best suit them,’ he said.

The Tertiary Enabling Program has been running at La Trobe’s Albury-Wodonga campus since 1990 and will extend to the three new locations with the support of Sunraysia, Bendigo and Goulburn Ovens Institutes of TAFE.

Available from semester two 2012 and running for 18 weeks, the program is expected to attract 30 students from each regional location – up to 120 this year.

La Trobe Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Partnerships and Quality), Dr Julie Jackson, said the course has been life changing for graduates and will continue transforming the lives of individuals in a wider range of regional communities.  She is hopeful that this additional support funded by the State Government will encourage more indigenous and refugee students to join the program.

‘Communities benefit significantly from an educated and skilled workforce – which promotes social, cultural and economic growth.  For individuals, attaining education and increasing skills means a better opportunity for increased income and life satisfaction,’ Dr Jackson said.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Nicole Humphreys
T: 03 9479 6533 E: n.humphreys@latrobe.edu.au