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Rise in student numbers welcomed

Community leaders welcome La Trobe University and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE enrolment rises.

JENNA BISHOP July 19, 2014 3:04am

Shepparton community leaders have welcomed the news of increasing higher education enrolments in the city.

Yesterday, The News revealed enrolments had increased 40 per cent at Shepparton’s La Trobe University campus since it opened in 2010.

On Wednesday, Victorian Higher Education and Skills Minister Nick Wakeling said enrolments at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s vocational training courses had increased 101 per cent since 2010.

Both institutions credited forging strong ties with local businesses and industries as one of the factors contributing to their success and helping them to deliver education and training which complemented skills needed in the region.

Committee for Greater Shepparton’s Matt Nelson said it was positive to see the growth in the education sector.

‘‘On Wednesday, we had the minister for higher education and skills in Shepparton and part of that talk was dealing with skills shortages and the linkage between skills and education providers,’’ he said.

He said creating a strong education sector was also key to attracting new people to the region and to promote it as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

‘‘We need to continue efforts to grow enrolments and it’s fantastic news to underpin our workforce for the future,’’ Mr Nelson said.

‘‘A key priority is to work together in Greater Shepparton to create a strong education presence.’’

City of Greater Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan said Shepparton’s education services had created a link between aspiration and reality.

‘‘The news that enrolments continue to grow means anyone can aspire to study. It’s going to be affordable and accessible for everyone in the community.’’

Mrs Houlihan said it was crucial to develop quality higher education services.

‘‘From our point of view, it’s been a long time since we’ve had adequate services in Shepparton,’’ she said.

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