Wodonga TAFE will receive more than $2.7 million to modernise and upgrade learning spaces and facilities, as part of a funding package announced by the Victorian government.
Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney announced on Sunday every TAFE in Victoria will share in $55 million to carry out essential upgrades to learning facilities and amenities, as well as to re-fit and modernise existing learning spaces to adapt them to deliver more courses.
The Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) Shepparton Campus, a division of Wodonga TAFE, will get more than $1.8 million for roof and classroom works to its main administration and learning centre building, including new student breakout areas on its top and bottom floors.
Another $365,000 will be invested for road and carpark resurfacing at the site.
Wodonga TAFE education and training executive director Graham Hart said the funding will add spaces for both teachers and students.
"It will also provide better technology focused environments to be able to connect with our students both face to face and remotely, now and into the future," he said.
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Wodonga TAFE's Logic Civil Works and Forklift Training Facility in Barnawartha North will receive $500,000 for planning works towards anupgrade to create a dedicated 1800 square metre training site which will include indoor and outdoor learning areas and classrooms.
"The current situation certainly has presented some challenges and Wodonga TAFE staff, both education and corporate have been able to adapt to new forms of training delivery and working arrangements at very short notice," Mr Hart said.
"We are extremely proud and grateful to our staff for their can do attitude through a period of significant change. As a result we have been able to stay engaged with the vast majority of our enrolled students and have continued to deliver highly trained students into the local workforce, while providing a COVID safe environment for those attending Wodonga TAFE campuses."
All Victorian TAFEs will share in the funding, with projects to be delivered in Geelong, Gippsland, Mildura, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Seymour and metropolitan Melbourne.
Courses delivered from the Shepparton and Barnawatha sites are predominately made up of a suite of driver training products, logistics, high risk licencing and civil construction courses. The Barnawatha site also hosts specialist motorsports and automotive courses.
Applications are now open for 2021 TAFE, including free courses.