The education partners have joined forces and signed a new agreement which means students who complete pathway Diplomas at the conclusion of their study will be offered a place in a La Trobe University course and receive support in preparing for the transition to University.
La Trobe University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional) Professor Richard Speed said the new agreement was good news for students who wanted to live and study locally.
'This agreement is about making it simpler and easier for young Victorians to get a great education and ensure local students can stay and study right here in Bendigo,' Professor Speed said.
'We know that most students who learn locally, go on to work locally or in other regional areas after graduation, so it makes sense to encourage as many young people as we can to study at Bendigo TAFE and then La Trobe.
'Under this new agreement students can begin their TAFE studies knowing they have the option of further study once they gain their TAFE qualification and can rest assured the transition to University will be simple and seamless.
Because of the close location of both campuses Bendigo TAFE students will be able to get early access to some university classes and events, complete study skills sessions and experience University in the company of local La Trobe student ambassadors.
Bendigo Kangan Institute Acting Chief Executive Officer Grant Sutherland said it was important to strengthen ties between Bendigo's two education partners and create a supported studies pathway for the region's students. 'This partnership is another step in progressing the goal of transforming Bendigo into an Education City.'
Tim Mitchell, Director, Media and Communication, (Acting), La Trobe University
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