Narre Community Learning Centre set for official dedication

June 28, 2011 by  

The Narre Community Learning Centre's new VET centre has already been functioning for a month or so, but is set for an official dedication on August 12, and the public is more than welcome to come along to what is being touted as a state of the art facility.

Vocation Education Training (VET) provides more than a chance for a wide range of people to enter the workforce or change their work altogether. A centre such as NCLC can also be a link to local business, and a symbiotic relationship can grow up between the centre, course providers and students with local commerce such as printing companies. The local Council – the City of Casey – is a valuable player too, and so the notion of 'community' begins to grow in dimension.

The NCLC began life as Narre Neighbours and had 35 students in 1982. Now, it is Victoria's biggest provider of community-based education, with around 2,200 enrolments, three sites and a budget of more that $1.2 million. It is highly respected for the quality of its accredited certificate-based courses, including information technology, children's services, aged care, business, hairdressing, community services and training and education.

The centre's catchment covers the City of Casey itself, which means drawing on a diverse demographic from the young and fast-growing popuations of Cranbourne North and Narre Warren South, to the slower rural areas of Narre Warren North, Harkaway and Clyde. The NCLC and local commerce alike are well aware that this area is a major growth corridor.