YOUNG people and mature age students in the Heathcote region will now have the option to study in Wallan, in addition to Seymour and Bendigo.
GOTAFE and La Trobe University announced that a new combined campus will open in early 2020.
The High St campus will be situated inside the new Bendigo Bank development.
GOTAFE chief executive Travis Heeney said: "The expansion into Wallan was a natural progression for GOTAFE given our regional footprint in the Hume corridor. The new Wallan Campus is critical to GOTAFE providing the skills and training necessary to meet the growing industry demand as the population expands over the coming years.”
La Trobe University Vice Chancellor John Dewar said: "LaTrobe is proud of its commitment to providing study options for regional students. Our partnership with GOTAFE in Shepparton is a great example of how we provide successful pathway options to tertiary study locally. The strengthening of this partnership through the new Wallan campus will build on this and provide opportunities for local students with access to Latrobe’s courses and facilities.”
Over recent months, GOTAFE has been consulting with the local industry and community to understand the critical workforce and skills needs for the region. It is hoped that for 2020 courses will be offered across a range of areas including community services, early childhood care, allied health, business, hospitality and management.
Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe said Council welcomes the new combined La Trobe University / GOTAFE campus in Wallan.
"It is great to see more educational facilities within Mitchell Shire. We have one of the fastest growing populations in the state and to be able to offer more options for those wanting to continue their learning journey is brilliant," he said.
"Having more options for tertiary education facilities within Mitchell Shire will mean residents won’t have to travel outside of the region for their education. We cannot wait to see the first crop of students in Wallan in 2020".
The campus will also play host to a dedicated Skills and Jobs Centre, a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for career planning advice. Careers advisors can perform an expert skills assessment, share job-hunting tips, and provide advice to anyone looking to up-skill or re-skill through professional training.
During December GOTAFE will be out and about in the community talking to locals about courses available for 2020. Look out for the team at the Wellington Square Shopping Centre, the Wallan Olde Time Market and other local events.