Steph Cooke and Minister Lee stand in a group of TAFE staff in front of a new building.

The NSW Government today officially opened the new multi-million-dollar TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre (CLC) in West Wyalong, which will expand and enhance education and training opportunities in the region.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the new $6.6 million digitally-enabled CLC is a major win for the West Wyalong community and will help local students gain job-ready skills.

“I’m a TAFE Graduate and know first-hand the incredible opportunities that can come from studying at this great institution. The new CLC means people can study courses right here in West Wyalong and gain the skills they need for a range of careers,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is a new way of learning and will give students practical skills that match local skills needs, without having to travel hundreds of kilometres to other campuses.”

“Enrolments are now open for a range of new courses such as the Diploma of Community Services, Certificate IV in Human Resources, Diploma of Leadership and Management, and Diploma of Mental Health – all offered locally for the first time.”

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the NSW Government is significantly investing in the future of education across regional NSW.

“This latest investment will enhance TAFE NSW’s capacity to deliver quality training locally and offer a wider range of courses so young people can live and learn close to home,” Mr Lee said.

CLCs are a key initiative of the NSW Government which offer students access to the latest learning technologies such as simulation and virtual reality, expert teachers both on and off-site and personalised support services.

The West Wyalong CLC will deliver blended, facilitated and online learning – backed up by Mobile Training Units which will provide the practical training TAFE NSW is known for.

For more information, visit www.tafensw.edu.au/clc