New Aboriginal Learning Facility

Sod Turning CeremonyMr. Andrew Gee, Member for Orange and Ms. Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director officially declared work had started on a new Aboriginal Learning Facility at a Ceremonial Sod Turning on Monday at the March Street Campus of Orange College.

The new centre will house a clinical nursing training facility, an early childhood services training facility and general teaching and office spaces and will cater for the needs of students, educators and the Aboriginal community. Technology to link students living in communities outside of Orange will also be included in the facility, including video-conferencing facilities.

Ms Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director said, “The Centre will build on the good work the organisation has been doing in Aboriginal education and is a welcome addition that will supplement the existing teaching spaces at the College with a focus on the concept of connection.”

“A place of connection between different generations; between the campus and the broader community; and between the Aboriginal students and the learning opportunities at TAFE Western,” she said.

The proposed new facility will take a year to construct, with the Aboriginal community to name the building which is expected to be up and running by day one of term one 2014.

You can see an artists impressionof the Aboriginal Learning Centre here.

You can also read more in the Central Western Daily.