Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited West Wyalong TAFE on Wednesday January 23, announcing a commitment to fight for a Connected Learning Centre (CLC) to make the facility even stronger.

“As a TAFE graduate myself, I am a rusted-on believer in the value of quality, vocational training that leads to a real job, and that’s what you get from the dedicated team here in West Wyalong,” Ms Cooke said.

“After the NSW Government announced free apprenticeships for 100,000 tradies in July, it was West Wyalong that grabbed the bull by the horns, with 12 new locals beginning TAFE training within just a few short months of the program beginning,” she added.

The Cootamundra electorate has benefited from a new $10.7 million TAFE in Young, and the construction of $4 million CLCs in both Narrandera and Grenfell in the last 12 months.

Students at the digitally-powered CLCs connect into TAFE NSW’s state-wide network of campuses and courses, allowing them to study a broader range of courses without being forced to travel.

“Having seen the success of the CLC in Narrandera and the paths it opened up for so many students, I believe West Wyalong is the perfect location for one of these great educational assets,” Ms Cooke said.

“I have been working hard behind the scenes and am engaged in conversations with the Minister responsible for TAFE, Adam Marshall.

“I know Minister Marshall is incredibly passionate about boosting TAFE NSW’s presence across regional and rural NSW and I will do all I can to keep West Wyalong on the agenda.”