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Byron now a place of greater learning

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How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

A new space has opened for learning, just above the Southern Cross Credit Union on Jonson Street in Byron Bay.

At a Byron United (chamber of commerce) business after-hours function last Thursday, the Byron Region Community College showcased its new Byron campus to forty local business operators.

Director Richard Vinycomb told the audience, ‘Many people in Byron Bay have already come to see us here while we have been getting fully operational, and this newly fitted space now provides a convenient alternative for administration and training to complement our recently renovated main campus in Mullumbimby’.

Programs running there include information technology, retail, tourism, venue and event management, first-aid, arts, business and languages.

Richard also announced that aside from his strong commitment to local learning, the College is also part of a successful national government tender to provide professional development in sustainability to vocational trainers across the Australia.

‘As well as this, we have been invited to run an exciting national conference in Byron this coming October. This is the result of a lot of years’ hard work and a recognition that we have something special here, that also interests others outside our region, and that involves a whole bunch of experienced passionate tutors with the highest percentage of active learners to be found anywhere! It’s really great that there are so many people who recognise that adult learning is very important to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our communities.’

Last year the College received a prestigious national award for best program. Richard added, ‘We get great feedback on the variety, availability and affordability of more than 500 courses a year delivered to adults of all ages in the Byron Shire’.

The new offices are in the Eastpoint Arcade in Jonson St, opposite the Woolies plaza.

For more visit www.byroncollege.org.au or phone 6684 3374. For preliminary info on the conference, visit www.ala.asn.au.

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