New Accommodation @ Longy
Once again there is a significant bright light on Longerenong College and agriculture in general. Many are aware that we have been working on attracting a total of $4.4 million in funding to upgrade the student facilities at the college.
Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty announced $2million to refurbish the college’s student accommodation, which was the balance of funding required to achieve the $4.4 million we need.
On a personal level, the announcement had been a priority for the college staff and in particular Head of Campus John Goldsmith. John, a former student himself had lived in the accommodation during his three year course in the 1980’s and knows only too well what needs to be done to improve the facility for the students.
WorkCo Limited Chief Executive Officer John Ackland addressed the crowd of more than 90 people who attend the funding announcement. John spoke of a proud passion from when Workco Limited took over the reigns of operating the College from Melbourne University back in 2006. He spoke about the support of the board, and in particular the Chairman Donald Carter, and acknowledged the supporters in the audience who were committed to help the college grow and prosper.
As our student enrolments have continued to grow each year, there has been an ever increasing emphasis of modernising our student accommodation and improving the overall onsite living conditions of our students. The redevelopment of the accommodation will involve the refurbishment of 114 individual bedrooms for students. In addition to these refurbished rooms, the construction will include a three- story building to provide a new kitchenette, recreation room and communal study areas on each of the three levels. The College dining room will also be refurbished as part of the redevelopment of the College.
The news comes just weeks after one of the largest open days the college has seen and a record number of enrolments for next year, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Next year the enrolments have been capped to maintain the integrity and the quality training we are renowned. Longerenong College continues to attract students from across Victoria and interstate.
In a special mention, two Longerenong College students, Erin Arnott and apprentice Dudley Bibby were finalists at last week’s Victorian State Training Awards, this is a wonderful achievement and we are very proud of them.
I’m sure you will agree that exciting times continue for Longerenong College and we thank all involved and the support throughout the region.
Students intending on studying at the college are encouraged to attend an Information Day on Friday December 12, 2014. Limited places left.
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